No Athletes Have Tested Positive for COVID at Olympic Trials Wave II

Two days into the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II, no athletes have tested positive for COVID-19.

Athletes were tested 3-6 days before their “First Official Activity,” generally meaning their arrival on deck in Omaha. And they are re-tested every four days. 

Regarding positive tests, the U.S. Olympic Trials protocol states:

“If a Participant tests positive for COVID-19, the Participant may request subsequent testing from Premier Medical Group (PMG) and must be asymptomatic and produce two negative COVID-19 PCR test results (and no positives) in order to be permitted to participate in the Trials. 

“If, for any reason, two negative COVID-19 PCR Test results are not returned prior to the time of the athlete’s competition, the athlete will not be permitted to participate at the Trials.

COVID cases have been sinking both nationally and in Nebraska. The U.S.had a spike in cases in January, recording 300,779 new cases on January 8 alone. There’s been a gradual drop in the past six months. Now the daily case rate is down to 4,916, according to the New York Times. 

Nebraska’s spike in daily cases came in November where they hit 2,812 new cases in a day. Now, the state’s daily cases rate is at 43 new cases on June 11th and none were reported on June 12th, according to the New York Times.

This progress has been helped along by relatively high vaccination rates in the country. Nebraska has vaccinated about 45 percent of its population, according to the CDC. The United States as a whole has vaccinated about 43.7 percent of its population.

As we approach the Tokyo Olympics, Reuters reported that the country’s daily coronavirus case rate has fallen by more than 3,100 in the past three weeks as they are coming off a spike in cases from early May. Japan has vaccinated about 9.4% of their population. 

Olympic Trials COVID Testing Policy

“Testing Requirements 

  1. Participants are required to obtain a PCR test on their own 3-6 days prior to their First Official Activity. Participants must submit a negative result from this test to [email protected] This email address will be overseen by the COVID-19 Officer and the testing agency at the Olympic Trials (Premier Medical Group). 
  2. Upon arrival in Omaha, and prior to obtaining an accreditation/credential, Athlete, Coach and Team Support Participants, along with other credentialed individuals who will have Close Sustained Contact with Participants, will be required to submit to a PCR test onsite at the venue. Only Participants with a negative result from the on-site test will receive an accreditation/credential. Other non-Tier 1 accredited individuals will be subject to a Rapid Antigen test onsite at the Venue. 
  3. Tier 1 individuals, including athletes and coaches, will be required to submit to testing approximately every four (4) days. d. All other Participants will be subject to regular testing with the cadence dependent upon the Participant’s tier.”

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Usa
1 month ago

Really don’t see Dahlia or Baker making the team for the second time which is very upsetting!

Swimswammer
Reply to  Usa
1 month ago

Sir, this is a Wendy’s

Jojorab
Reply to  Usa
1 month ago

Well at least they didn’t get covid in the meet 🤷🏻

run-dmc
1 month ago

No new cases in the entire state of Nebraska on June 12.

Yet they still have to wear masks? And limit seating to 50%?

This is what it is like to live in a communist country.

Mr Piano
Reply to  run-dmc
1 month ago

Gr8 m8 we don’t appreciate

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  run-dmc
1 month ago

Maybe it was those very same masks and seating restrictions that made that helped make that achievement possible.

Last edited 1 month ago by BearlyBreathing
Megbert
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

Lol masks do nothing.

Lord Farquad
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

Ladies and gentlemen if you look off to your right you’ll be able to see a jam packed Warmup and warm down pool with a minimum of ten swimmers per lane and at least 3-4 swimmers on the wall in each lane! Mask less! Don’t worry though folks, covid doesn’t spread if it knows you’re warming up.

PK doesn’t like his long name
Reply to  run-dmc
1 month ago

It’s almost like they had to make decisions about procedures and ticketing before June 12th.

Erik
Reply to  run-dmc
1 month ago

Um.. as someone on site, you weren’t required to wear masks in the arena. The shopping area, yes, but not in the stands.

BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

Thanks for pulling me back into reality with the headline, SwimSwam. Ugh.
I’m still reading articles about how the Japanese public wants the games cancelled.

2Fat4Speed
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

Doesn’t every host country have a ton of people that don’t want the Olympics in their country? I’m not worried about it.

Chad
1 month ago

Is it bad that a fuming Lilly King immediately popped into my mind as soon as I read “tested positive” in the article title?

Megbert
1 month ago

gOoD tHiNg tHeY pAid thE BiG pHaRmA tAX 😴

Han
Reply to  Megbert
1 month ago

Relax lol