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Iowa State conducts Covid-19 tests for athletes


This news story was published on July 20, 2020.
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AMES – The Iowa State Athletics Department administered an additional 230 COVID-19 tests the week of July 13 for student-athletes (183) and key personnel (47) returning to campus in the following sports: soccer, volleyball, cross country (M&W) and basketball (M&W).

Additionally, the department completed a second round of testing of football student-athletes last week.

The department confirms six positive results from last week’s testing. Five of the six positive tests were asymptomatic and only two cases are currently active.

Since the football team returned to campus in mid-June, the department has conducted 210 tests on football players with only six positive results.
Total testing to date by the department has resulted in only nine positive cases out of 386 individual tests.

“In the last seven weeks, our student athletes and medical staff have proven how we can successfully combat the COVID-19 virus if we collectively commit to the necessary precautions,” Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard said.

Individuals who tested positive will follow the guidelines and protocol established by the ISU Athletics Department and public health officials, which includes isolation. Individuals who have been in close contact with an infected person will quarantine as per recommendations of public health officials.
This is mandatory protocol to attempt to contain the potential widespread infection of COVID-19.

With the increased return of student-athletes to campus, the sports medicine staff and coaching staffs will be educating them on proper hygiene practices, responsible behaviors outside of our facilities and the importance of mitigating risks for contacting COVID-19.

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