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


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Nathan Stearns, News Director

EAST LANSING— During the week of March 5-11, eight student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19. In total, 1,572 COVID-19 PCR tests were administered on student-athletes and athletic department staff members; no staff members tested positive.

The positive number of student-athletes who recently tested positive (8) is the exact same for the second week in a row.

This week’s testing results encompass all MSU sports that are currently participating in the MSU COVID-19 detection program. Student-athletes who play either men’s or women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, hockey, volleyball, wrestling, field hockey and rowing are currently being tested on a daily basis. 

Student-athletes who participate in 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 being designated in accordance with a weekly testing schedule issued by the Big Ten conference.

Since the beginning of June, over 15,000 total COVID-19 tests have been administered by Michigan State.  Out of these 15,000-plus tests, over 11,500 have been issued to student-athletes, while the other 3,500 tests have gone to testing athletic department staff members. 

Overall, 238 student-athletes and 28 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 since the testing program launched.