UTEP senior fullback Forest McKee tweeted on Easter Sunday that he tested positive for COVID-19. Since finding out, he wrote on Twitter, McKee has felt better and is "expected to make a full recovery."

The Las Cruces, N.M. native is a routine fullback for the Miners who played in all 12 games last year. He played a good amount during his sophomore and freshman seasons, while also being named onto the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2018 and 2019.

According to UTEP President Heather Wilson and the school's Coronavirus Update page, three UTEP staff members and one student were diagnosed with COVID-19 as of April 2. The update also says "three of them have already recovered" and 'the other one is still isolated at home."

Following the cancellation of the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournament, all spring sports competition for Conference USA athletics was suspended for the rest of the spring semester, league officials announced in March. Prior to the athletic-wide cancellations, the football team had logged in six spring practices. The football team was one of the few C-USA teams to have logged in at least a handful of spring ball practices.

McKee is the first known case of coronavirus among the athletic department.


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