NM State announces 20 additional positive COVID-19 cases


LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) – The coronavirus has hit the New Mexico State University (NMSU) athletic department hard. NMSU announced on Tuesday 20 additional positive cases of COVID-19.

Last week, six student-athletes and one strength and conditioning coach tested positive for the virus.

A relatively small outbreak revealed a much larger one. NMSU responded with another round of testing, administering 162 tests with 135 of them coming back negative, 20 positive tests, and seven tests still pending results. The positive cases affect multiple sports within the athletic department.

“We constantly preach in person, over text message, via phone call, check-ups to make sure everyone is feeling ok and from what I’ve heard everyone is feeling ok,” said NMSU athletic director Mario Moccia. “Making sure everyone is self-isolating properly so that they can return healthy. That’s the biggest question and I think it’s just constant monitoring of the student-athletes.”

On-campus workouts at NMSU remain suspended indefinitely. The university will await approval from medical personnel before resuming activity.

The NMSU football team is scheduled to begin practicing later this month to prepare for their opener at UCLA on Saturday, August 29.

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