As universities around the nation have been re-opening athletics facilities since June 1 to voluntary practices after months of pandemic-related restrictions kept athletes and staff off campus, there have been mixed results in terms of positive COVID-19 tests.
UNM, one of the last major universities to bring its athletes back for summer workouts, has watched carefully and starts welcoming back football players this week with the hopes of voluntary workouts – after testing, physicals and a 14-day quarantine period – resuming in early July.
In Las Cruces, New Mexico State University on May 27 had 132 athletes tested and six positive or presumed positive COVID-19 results, athletic director Mario Moccia told the Journal over the weekend. All six of those athletes are now testing negative, and no other positive tests have arisen.
But the Aggies’ successful adherence thus far to their return to campus plan isn’t exactly the norm.