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State launches new COVID reporting tool


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The New Mexico Environment Department has created a new online form for employers to report COVID-19 cases in their workplaces and to complete the rapid response process.

According to an NMED announcement on Thursday, the online portal creates an easier, more efficient and more accurate way for employers to report positive COVID-19 cases within four hours of being notified, as required by an emergency rule in effect until the spring.

Employers also can complete information about the rapid response process, which includes isolating those who have tested positive; ensuring that close contacts of the positive case get tested and quarantine; and disinfecting workplaces and ensuring COVID-safe practices are being followed.

Employers who do not report cases within four hours or complete rapid response steps could be subject to penalties or legal action, according to the NMED.

“This new portal will increase employee safety and prevent transmission of COVID as it speeds up our rapid responses and reduces the burden on employers — it’s a win-win,” said NMED Cabinet Secretary James Kenney.

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According to the state, the benefits of the online form are its availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week; the fact that multiple reports can be filed at the same time; the ease in tracking records and reports for employers; and direct entry of information by employers, allowing state employees to focus on investigations or on assisting businesses who need help in completing the rapid response process.

Employers should continue to report positive cases through https://nmgov.force.com/rapidresponse/s/. Once positive cases are reported and if a rapid response is assigned to NMED, the employer will receive an email with a unique link to the new web form.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

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