Iowa, Auburn, Alabama Report Positive Coronavirus Test Among Athletics Returns

A number of schools have reported positive tests for coronavirus as student-athletes begin returning to campus this week to resume voluntary in-person workouts.

The University of Iowa reported 1 positive test among 237 tests conducted on student-athletes, staff, and coaches who returned to campus. Alabama has reported 5 positive tests among its football players, Auburn has reported 3, while Oklahoma State and Iowa State have also reported positive tests.

At Iowa State, one student worker in the athletics department tested positive initially, and four student-athletes from different sports “experienced symptoms after being in close contact with individuals outside of the athletics department who have been infected.”

In all cases, schools have implemented isolation protocols in an attempt to stop the spread.

Schools have not released the identity of those who have tested positive, and most programs are being very secretive about which student-athletes are returning to campus and when. A spokesperson for the University of Iowa says that no swimmers have returned to campus yet.

So far, the only confirmed reports of NCAA swimmers resuming on-campus workouts are Louisville and Texas A&M, both of which were expected to resume training under strict guidelines on Monday.

Most schools are using a tiered system to return student-athletes to campus for voluntary physical workouts this summer after the NCAA lifted its ban on in-person activities on June 1. Every school reported so far is requiring coronavirus testing before student-athletes, staff, or coaches can resume on-campus workouts.

Like many other schools, Iowa is prioritizing fall sport athletes in its return. Wisconsin is doing the same, with football and volleyball being the first to return, followed by basketball teams, and declined to say when the school’s swimming & diving programs are returning to campus.

For Iowa, with 1 positive test among 237, the tested infection rate among those returning to campus is lower than the national average. In total, 1 in about 165 Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus, though the rate of 1 in 237 at Iowa is likely higher than the national rate of those who are currently infected.

 

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HISWIMCOACH
5 months ago

We have to accept there will be some positive tests.

Good news, according to the CDCs own statistics, it’s not as deadly as previously thought, particularly amongst the young and healthy.

Coach
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
5 months ago

I agree, but with each new phase, we are going to have students come to campus with the virus and then another set of students testing positive 7-10 days later. Based on this, I’m not sure having students return in phases is the right thing to do or not.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Coach
5 months ago

Why not? It’s a controlled environment.

And that doesn’t even discuss the parts that you just responded to about age/health of this subset

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
5 months ago

Then again, there’s just dead or not dead. Not sorta dead. Different than wet and dry. There’s no damp. The big factor for schools is liability. They’re not (yet) getting a break on potential liability that some states have given nursing homes and private corporations. They’re going to have to contact trace every positive kid coming in, isolate them, and test an entire dorm of contacts. There likely won’t be just “some” positive tests. Good news for Alabama though — they’re one of the 14 states who are now spiking in cases. Five of the states that are spiking are in the SEC.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

Miracle Max disagrees (I couldn’t resist with sorta dead 🙂 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SamgviMdxes

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
5 months ago

Would also note that HISWIMCOACH’s favorite Sweden is not exactly thrilled about the outcome of their approach.

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
5 months ago

Look at the actual stats for a nation of 10 million:
https://www.statista.com/statistics/1107913/number-of-coronavirus-deaths-in-sweden-by-age-groups/

Now divide by a factor of 100 for UT (assuming we even have a second wave).

DrSwimPhil
5 months ago

Why Auburn in the title, but nothing about them in the article?

Nancy
Reply to  Speed Racer
5 months ago

Headline of this article is very misleading

IUkicker
5 months ago

We’ve already blown it on containment, so we can let things gradually reopen as long as hospitals can keep up with the volume of new cases.

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