Reports: Numerous Athletes From Power Five Programs Test Positive For COVID-19
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Numerous student-athletes from multiple Power Five conference schools have tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports.
On June 17, CNN reported that 10 states were seeing their highest average of daily new COVID-19 cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
In mid-June, Clemson reportedly had 21 football players test positive for the coronavirus disease.
Kansas State suspended all football workouts for two weeks after 14 student-athletes tested positive.
Texas recently announced that 13 football players tested positive for the coronavirus disease.
On Saturday, June 20, Sports Illustrated reported that “at least 30 of LSU’s 115 players have been isolated because they tested positive for COVID-19 or were found to have had contact with those who tested positive.”
Clemson University announced on Friday that after 315 tests were processed, 28 student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19.
Previously, Clemson announced that two football players tested positive during the school’s initial run of 169 tests.
Clemson tested 315 people this week — some initial tests of new returnees to campus, most based on symptoms or contact with those showing symptoms. In total, 28 tested positive for Covid-19. 21 were football players + 2 football staff (not necessarily coaches) + 2 more last week.
— Hi, I’m David (@ADavidHaleJoint) June 19, 2020
In total, 23 of the athletes have reportedly been from the football team.
Kansas State Wildcats
On Saturday, June 20, Kansas State suspended its football program workout for 14 days.
14 Wildcat athletes had tested positive for COVID-19 as of June 19.
“The health and well-being of our student-athletes will always be our top priority,” Kansas State athletics director Gene Taylor said. “Following the most recent test results, we felt like temporarily pausing all football workouts and access to our facilities was the best decision for everyone. We continue to take this situation very seriously and want to do everything we can to get back to workouts soon.”
NEWS: Kansas State has paused voluntary football workouts for 14 days after more positive COVID-19 tests. pic.twitter.com/jaQNOlAV8P
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) June 20, 2020
On Thursday, June 18, Texas Athletics announced that 13 football players had confirmed cases of the virus. In addition to those 13 players, 10 additional Longhorns are currently asymptomatic but are also self-isolating due to contract tracing data.
The University of Texas announced that 13 football players tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed positive, and contact tracing has 10 more in isolation.
— ESPN (@espn) June 18, 2020
On Saturday, June 20, Sports Illustrated reported that “at least one-quarter of LSU’s football team was in quarantine this week because of virus-related concerns,” according to multiple sources.
Some have tested positive; others found to have contacted positives. A portion got infected at Baton Rouge nightclub outbreak.
No hospitalizations or serious illness.https://t.co/yWekg8M7ce
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) June 20, 2020
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