LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) – Six student-athletes at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and a member of the strength and conditioning staff have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting university officials to temporarily suspend voluntary workouts on-campus.
The Coco-Cola Weight Training Center is one of the main facilities for NMSU student-athletes. The decision to suspend workouts was made at the recommendation of a University Athletics team doctor following the positive tests. The sport(s) that experienced the positive tests was not named.
New Mexico State athletic director Mario Moccia told KTSM that the positive test results came after a student-athlete exhibited symptoms. Contact tracing was done to determine who the athlete was closest to and those athletes were tested. The remaining positive test results were all asymptomatic, according to Moccia.
“We had a student-athlete who said, ‘I just feel a little something,’ last week,” said Moccia. “We immediately said, ‘don’t come in and let’s do some contact tracing with your roommates and whoever else you all have been around.’ We ended up testing a group — a pretty significant group — and that’s where we got some of these positive tests, which also included a member of our strength and conditioning staff.”
The athletes that tested positive were already on campus for workouts and were not part of the new group of athletes that arrived on campus for voluntary workouts earlier this week, according to Moccia. The university is working to test all student-athletes who are currently on campus.
“The university is working to identify other NMSU students and personnel who may have come in contact with those who tested positive,” an NMSU release read. “The facility will reopen after further testing can be completed.”
Since beginning voluntary workouts on June 8, NMSU has had 13 positives. Six of those individuals who tested positive for the virus have since recovered.