Jimboomba Athletes locked down in university dorms as coronavirus sweeps United States

In limbo: Athlete Tianah List is one of three from Jimboomba who is in lock down in the US as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the nation.

In limbo: Athlete Tianah List is one of three from Jimboomba who is in lock down in the US as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the nation.

Jimboomba athletes are in lock down in the United States as the country takes steps to bring the coronavirus outbreak under control.

Jimboomba Little Athletics alumni Tianah List, Kyle Howlett and Camryn Newton-Smith are not allowed to train with coaches and their teams, and are awaiting the next step in getting their sports back on track.

Athletic: Kyle Howlett in action on the rugby field.

Athletic: Kyle Howlett in action on the rugby field.

Howlett, who is now studying special education and playing rugby at New Mexico Highlands University, said the streets were quiet while students were holed up in their dormitories.

"The only places we are allowed to go are to get food, and we have to get that from the university, or to hospital," he said from his dorm.

"Sport is cancelled. Everything is a ghost town. There is nothing on."

He said supermarkets were in a similar situation to Australia's, with empty shelves as customers stocked up.

"Empty shelves, empty everything," Howlett said.

"I think the media are making it dangerous."

Hurdles: Camryn Newton-Smith in action.

Hurdles: Camryn Newton-Smith in action.

Javelin thrower List is recovering from elbow surgery, and was stuck in Seattle after a spring break skiing trip to Whistler, Canada, was cut short.

"The ski fields were all closed," List's mother Tracie Kemp said.

List will see out the virus lock down on campus at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, while her US classmates have been sent home.

It's a huge campus, with 38,000 students.

"It's like a city," she said.

Ms Kemp said her daughter was finding a silver lining in the chaos.

"Tianah said it feels like an early summer," she said.

List is completing a bachelor of education degree.

Newton-Smith said face-to-face classes were cancelled at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.

The pentathlete was back on campus after her campaign at the Division 1 Track and Field Championships was cancelled before it had begun.

Newton-Smith had arrived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before finding out the event, and the rest of the season, was cancelled.

"We had arrived at the track on Wednesday and had a run around on Thursday."