Eight student-athletes test positive for COVID-19 in latest round of testing


The Breslin Center/ Photo Credit: Luke Sloan/ WDBM

Sean Mullen, General Assignment Reporter

EAST LANSING— On Friday, Michigan State announced results for this week’s round of PCR testing within the student-athlete and athletic department staff community.

In total, Michigan State conducted 1,568 COVID-19 PCR tests from Feb. 26-March 4 on student-athletes and staff members. Overall, 1,161 of those tests were conducted on student-athletes, with eight positive tests, while 407 tests were conducted on staff members, with three positive tests.

Testing results cover PCR tests across all sports, and student-athletes and staff for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, hockey, volleyball, wrestling, field hockey and rowing are currently taking part in the Big Ten’s daily antigen testing program.

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor track, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, gymnastics, baseball and softball are antigen testing per Big Ten designated testing schedules each week.

Individuals whose antigen test returns a presumptive positive result are then required to take a PCR test and are included in the weekly PCR testing results data.
Since the beginning of June, Michigan State Athletics has conducted over 13,500 COVID-19 clinical PCR tests on student-athletes and staff members. There have also been over 10,400 tests on student-athletes with 230 positive results. Since June 15, there have been more than 3,129 tests on staff members with 28 positive results.