State Tournament Update: Governor advises fans to avoid attending games

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham suggests that fans and families follow New Mexico’s high school basketball tournament online — rather than in person — in hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in the state.

On Wednesday, the New Mexico Department of Health confirmed that three people in the state have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19.

All three had recently traveled outside of the state, including two outside of the country.

The governor said it was simply her advice, not a mandatory order, to avoid attending this week’s state basketball tournament in Albuquerque.

“My advice to fans and family members — watch it on TV” or follow it on social media, the governor said of the basketball tournament. “The whole family should not go.”

Later on Wednesday, the New Mexico Activities Association put out the following release:

At this time, there have been no changes to the State High School Basketball
Championships. However, we do encourage spectators to take the comments made by
Governor Lujan Grisham seriously – especially those that are currently ill or are in a
high risk category as referenced in her statement.
The NMAA will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with the Governor’s
office, the Department of Health, the Public Education Department, our member
schools, and our state tournament venues.
In the meantime, we do want to again stress that as with all viruses, prevention is key.
The Department of Health has recommended the following precautions:
 Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds regularly
 Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue
 Avoid contact with people who are coughing or sneezing
The NMAA will keep the public updated on any changes to the State Basketball
Tournament. Please note that if you cannot make it to a game in person or if you feel
more comfortable watching from home, all contests will be streamed lived via the NFHS
Network ( A subscription fee is of $10.99 will provide full access to all state games.

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