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State announces dedicated virus testing times for food workers

In this file photo, medical staffers administer coronavirus tests last month at the Lovelace Hospital in Downtown Albuquerque (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Beginning Monday, June 15, the New Mexico Department of Health is designating special COVID-19 testing hours for all employees in the food and beverage industry, according to a news release from the department.

Employees of restaurants, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, distribution centers and food manufacturing facilities will be able to receive free testing every Monday at Department of Health field offices from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“Testing as many food industry workers as possible builds consumer confidence while helping employers minimize their occupational risk of an asymptomatic employee spreading the disease in the workplace,” the release said.

Appointments are required for the free testing and those with insurance are asked to bring their insurance cards to the appointment.

Appointments can be made by calling local health offices and must be made by noon on the preceding Friday.


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