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Masks Still Required at Artesia General Hospital and Clinics

On February 17, 2022, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the state’s indoor mask mandate has been lifted. However, this does not include hospitals and healthcare facilities—and masks are still required to be worn while in Artesia General Hospital and our clinics.

Unfortunately, there will be no exceptions, and patients and visitors will still have to comply when they come in the building. Thank you for your understanding.

COVID-19 Vaccines

As of Monday, August 23, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been granted full FDA approval for individuals 16 years of age and older. Emergency Use Authorization continues for children ages 5 to 16.

The CDC has recommended that immunocompromised individuals get a booster shot eight months following their second Pfizer or Moderna dose. If you are unsure whether you need a booster shot, please contact your provider for guidance.

COVID-19 vaccines are available to New Mexicans who are 5 years of age or older. To book an appointment, register with the New Mexico Department of Health. Their website now allows people to schedule a vaccine appointment at the location of their choice.

If you would like to research where the COVID-19 vaccine is available and which type is offered, visit

COVID-19 Testing

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) field offices recently turned over COVID-19 testing to an organization named Curative. As of Monday, September 13, testing is no longer taking place at the NMDOH office in Artesia. Curative will be rotating through Carlsbad, Artesia, Lovington, Hobbs and Roswell weekly. They will be in Artesia on Tuesdays from 9am to 1pm at the Bulldog Bowl parking lot. Register at

For more information on testing and locations, visit the New Mexico Department of Health.

If you are ill and suspect you have COVID-19, call your doctor. Your doctor will be able to advise you on what to do, and will be able to make a judgment of whether you need an in-person exam.

If you are in medical distress, call 911. If you think you may have COVID-19 and you are able, please alert the emergency responders.

Testing Cost at Artesia General Hospital

Patients may elect to pay out of pocket for COVID-19 testing at Artesia General Hospital, at a price of $144.00 per test. Patients who pay out of pocket but want their health insurance billed will need to file their own claim. COVID-19 testing is also available through Curative.

COVID-19 Antibodies:

Artesia General Hospital is experiencing a shortage of Monoclonal Antibodies for COVID-19. This is due to a recent surge in cases. At this time we will be adhering to strict guidelines and administer only to those who are at the highest risk. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you for your understanding.

(Updated January 3, 2022)

COVID-19 Statistics

Please visit the New Mexico Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard for the latests information on current COVID cases:


We are continuing to limit visitation at the hospital and clinics due to COVID-19. Patients under the age of 18 and those needing physical assistance will be allowed one visitor. All other patients will not be allowed visitors at this time.

If you have questions about these restrictions, please contact your provider’s office or our main line at 575.748.3333.

(Updated July 25, 2021)