Medical Advisory Team
On March 11, 2020, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a Public Health Emergency in NM and invoked the All Hazards Emergency Management Act by directing all cabinets, departments and agencies to comply with the directives of the declaration and the further instructions of the Department of Health (DOH). As part of the response, the DOH launched the Medical Advisory Team (MAT), which is building a statewide delivery system to effectively manage the surge in COVID-19 cases and resources and assets as they become scarce.
The MAT consists of state officials, healthcare providers, and community members throughout NM, who are tasked with developing responding to three questions:
- How do we best use existing capacity and resources?
- How do we create more capacity and resources?
- How do we allocate capacity and resources when they become scarce?
The MAT frequently issues assessments, guidelines, and recommendations across a range of topics such as COVID-19 clinical care protocols, regional care coordination, and public health. To view click here.
Additionally, the MAT receives many questions about mask wearing and its effectiveness related to COVID-19 transmission. A summary of research can be viewed here, going back to April 2020. (A summary of commonly cited research in opposition to mask among children is available here. An additional summary of commonly cited research in opposition to mask wearing is available here). Please note COVID-19 research is evolving rapidly and not all research is included in this resource, and some studies are not yet peer-reviewed.
Additionally, please visit the CDC’s Guide to Masks for information on how to select, wear, and remove a mask.
Share your comments or questions with the MAT