Swimmer at Indianapolis US Open Site Tests Positive for Coronavirus

David Woods of the IndyStar newspaper in Indianapolis, Indiana is reporting that a swimmer who participated in last week’s U.S. Open at the Natatorium at IUPUI tested positive for an infection of the novel coronavirus.

A letter sent to meet participants by USA Swimming says the swimmer was tested Tuesday, 3 days after the conclusion of the meet, and that test came back positive.

The swimmer was not identified, though the letter indicated that the swimmer was present for all 4 sessions of the US Open meet in Indianapolis. USA Swimming says that they are assistant local officials with identifying those who qualify as a “close contact” for purposes of contact tracing.

The individual was temperature checked and passed a health questionnaire screening upon each entry to the facility.

Approximated times when the swimmer was at the Natatorium:

  • Thursday: 6:45-8:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:30AM-12:15PM
  • Friday: 5:30PM-9:00PM
  • Saturday: 11AM-2:45PM

The Indianapolis site was one of 9 locations used for the unique-format US Open meet that ran from Thursday through Saturday of last week. That site was one of the more star-studded venues. 14 members of the US National Team participated in the event, including Olympic medalist Cody Miller and former World Record holder Kathleen Baker. Also racing at that meet was Canadian Maggie MacNeil, a junior at the University of Michigan, who was the 2019 World Champion in the 100 meter fly.

Indiana, like most states in the US, has seen a dramatic increase in the number of coronavirus cases over the last month, averaging 6,372 new daily positive tests in the last 7 days. That’s roughly 10-times the daily rate from the early wave of the infection. 89 deaths caused by COVID-19 on Tuesday was Indiana’s highest single-day total of the pandemic so far, and the state currently has over 3,000 Covid-19 patients in hospitals – more than at any other point in the pandemic.

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PACFAN
8 months ago

it really really really didn’t seem like a good idea when the covid crazy states decided to follow suit when international swimming in countries that adequately contained the virus started

SwimFan49
Reply to  PACFAN
8 months ago

Uh huh, right. I’m sorry – what?

PACFAN
Reply to  SwimFan49
8 months ago

Other countries had that lull between waves. We just went up. Countries which enacted mask mandates quickly with high buy-in from their populations had lower rates of community transmission and opened up a bit. Obviously we are seeing the resurgence of covid globally, in countries where community transmission decreased significantly for a few months. But here in the States we never got any of this under control.

I understand USA swimming had their fair share of lengthy discussions about risk mitigation, how to return to practice and competition, etc. I still don’t see how this current surge in cases nationally isn’t alarming for the months to come. Look at 10 of your favorite college teams instagram pages, you’ll find… Read more »

Riccardo
Reply to  PACFAN
8 months ago

Look I’m all about mask mandates and high buy in but comparing the US to small countries on any issue is and always has been a joke.

One swimmer testing positive across all sites thus far in my view is a remarkably positive result.

PhillyMark
Reply to  PACFAN
8 months ago

Cell phone tracking data shows that work related travel within the USA never dropped more than 40% from baseline at any point during the pandemic and, likewise, travel to grocery stores/pharmacies never dropped more than 20% from baseline. In Europe those numbers dropped 70% and 60% respectively for the majority of March and April. Part of why numbers elsewhere decreased so dramatically compared to USA.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  PhillyMark
8 months ago

And the Sweden experiment has failed both for infections/deaths and their economy.

Bo Swims
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
8 months ago

Sweden – 4X the deaths of Norway, Finland and Denmark combined so far

SwimFan49
Reply to  PACFAN
8 months ago

So, one swimmer tests positive is your basis for “see, I told you swimming wouldn’t work”? Sure, I buy that this country didn’t get it under control *enough* as it needed to, but if you’re suggesting that USA Swimming needs to shut down its events based on this, well then I disagree.

Also disagree with the notion that the U.S. didn’t experience a lull. Of course it did. Certain states had some summer flare ups (Sunbelt – predictable with hot weather moving more ppl inside), but it’s not accurate to say that U.S. cases just went up and up.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  SwimFan49
8 months ago

He said the U.S. never got it under control. That’s true. There was no first wave, second wave, etc. It was all one wave.

SwimFan49
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
8 months ago

Other countries had that lull between waves. We just went up.”

We had a lull in the U.S.; not sure how that’s really debatable. Did we get it under control enough? No, I don’t think we did. But infection rates decreased significantly over the vast majority of the U.S. after May and into summer.

Indy Fan
8 months ago

How does USA Swimming think it’s ok to host meets where people are traveling to when there are still states and clubs that aren’t getting the opportunity to train? Time to really compare the haves and have nots and what we are doing about it.

Guerra
8 months ago

Three cheers for Herd Immunity!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Guerra
8 months ago

Never been achieved without a vaccine. Sweden’s “herd” now has 173% rise in cases from Sept to October. Stanford faculty passes with 85% of the vote a resolution to condemn Scott Atlas’ approach. You might think the trolling (and that’s being generous — you may be that dumb) is funny, but it’s just irresponsible right now. You claim to be in the know with elite, what you call ethical coaches with integrity, show some character yourself.

ct swim fan
Reply to  Guerra
8 months ago

You need 200,000,000 + people to get sick or vaccinated in this country before there is herd immunity. We are only at about 12,000,000 sick, only 188,000,000+ to go.

Corn Pop
8 months ago

A letter? Evil Grand Postmaster at work delaying contacts thus spreading virus &,making the US ungovernable for new admin.

Or no pre set txt messaging agreements?

Swimmmer
Reply to  Corn Pop
8 months ago

There’s this new thing called email. You should check it out

Corn Pop
Reply to  Swimmmer
8 months ago

An Email is an Email but the article said ‘ letter’ .

Guerra
8 months ago

This is too ridiculous…

Guerra
8 months ago

This doesn’t surprise me. IUPUI Natatorium is poorly maintained, it’s dirty and the air quality is poor. People are always getting sick and catching viruses after meets in that place. Hell, I get sick at the cost of parking every time I go there…

Yabo
Reply to  Guerra
8 months ago

The anecdotal evidence is strong with this one

Doconc
Reply to  Guerra
8 months ago

False
A premier pool
Clean, fast, fun

Pools don’t cause illnesses

SuperSwimmer 2000
Reply to  Guerra
8 months ago

Odd. I’ve been to the Natatorium maybe hundreds of times since competing at state my sophomore year in high school. Never once got sick or caught a virus there. Although I do admit the air quality has been poor.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Guerra
8 months ago

“Indiana Has More Per Capita Coronavirus Hospitalizations than 44 Other States.” Nov. 18. Indy Star. https://www.indystar.com/story/news/health/2020/11/18/indiana-leads-42-states-covid-19-hospitalization-rate/6325849002/
Brilliant work there, Chief. Your leadership on the issue can clearly knock off the bottom 6.

Amos
Reply to  Guerra
8 months ago

Parking was free

Guerra
8 months ago

OMG! I just realized that “The GOAT”, Ray Looze, and some of his Indiana University kids were at IUPUI. I hope they’re all OK.

CraigH
8 months ago

But how were his times?

DMSWIM
Reply to  CraigH
8 months ago

or her

StuartC
Reply to  DMSWIM
8 months ago

I believe they were positive! 😉

Blackflag82
Reply to  StuartC
8 months ago

That’s the dad joke I needed to start Saturday off right!

flygirl21
Reply to  CraigH
8 months ago

Dropped a few 19’s on the competition

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