NMDOH issues new public health order to address rising respiratory illnesses

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The New Mexico Department of Health has issued a public health order due to an increase in respiratory virus cases and hospitalizations. Each state hospital is directed to cooperate and ensure that patients are treated with proper care through the order. The NMDOH says the order is needed as hospitals and emergency departments face the rise in the number of respiratory illnesses. Respiratory disease caused by RSV and other viruses is putting pressure on the capacity of children’s hospitals in New Mexico. The health department says the state is approaching the tension that would trigger the healthcare crisis. The surge in RSV cases has been underway in New Mexico since October. Data from the CDC says New Mexico is also experiencing very high flu rates, along with Texas and Tennessee. The new public health decree mandates and recommends the following: All hospital systems are mandated to work together to activate the “hub and spoke” patient triage model. This ensures that patients are transferred to the appropriate levels of care based on acuity. NMDOH’s Health Improvement Department is also being instructed to approve bed capacity expansion and other measures to handle the rise in RSV cases. Children experiencing RSV symptoms are advised to stay home from school and daycare to prevent disease transmission. Wearing masks indoors was also recommended to families during the holiday season. NMDOH also strongly encouraged getting vaccinations and booster shots for flu and COVID-19. The Department of Health’s medical advisory team will also monitor oxygen supply to address any supply shortfalls, if necessary. Click here to read the full public health decision.

The New Mexico Department of Health has issued a public health order due to an increase in respiratory virus cases and hospitalizations.

Each state hospital is directed to cooperate and ensure that patients are treated with proper care through the order.

The NMDOH says the order is necessary as hospitals and emergency rooms are operating beyond their authorized capacity due to the increase in respiratory illnesses.

Respiratory disease caused by RSV and other viruses is putting pressure on the capacity of children’s hospitals in New Mexico. The health department says the state is approaching the tension that would trigger the healthcare crisis.

The surge in RSV cases has been underway in New Mexico since October. Data from the CDC says New Mexico is also experiencing very high flu rates, along with Texas and Tennessee.

The new public health order directs and recommends the following:

  • All hospital systems aim to work together to activate the “hub and spoke” patient triage model. This ensures that patients are transferred to the appropriate levels of care based on acuity.
  • NMDOH’s Health Improvement Department is also being instructed to approve bed capacity expansion and other measures to handle the rise in RSV cases.
  • Children experiencing RSV symptoms are advised to stay home from school and daycare to avoid disease transmission.
  • Wearing masks indoors was also recommended to families during the holiday season. NMDOH also strongly encouraged getting vaccinations and booster shots for flu and COVID-19.
  • The Department of Health’s medical advisory team will also monitor the oxygen supply to address any supply shortfalls, if necessary.

Click here to read the full public health decision.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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