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


A crowded Breslin Center/ Photo Credit: Ian Gilmour/WDBM

Nathan Stearns, News Director

EAST LANSING— During the week of March 12-18, Michigan State conducted 1,507 COVID-19 PCR tests on student-athletes and athletic department staff members. Overall, three student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19 out of 1,163 total tests. No staff members tested positive.

Testing results cover all MSU sports teams that are currently participating in the Big Ten testing program. Currently, student-athletes and staff members for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, hockey, volleyball, wrestling, field hockey and rowing are being tested on a daily basis.

Furthermore, student-athletes and staff members who participate in women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s track, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, gymnastics, baseball and softball are being tested in accordance with the designated Big Ten testing schedule. Those who have a positive antigen test are required to take a PCR test to confirm the result.

This week’s numbers are a sharp decrease from the eight student-athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19 in each of the past two weeks.

Since the beginning of June, when the MSU testing program was established, over 16,600 total COVID-19 tests have been administered by MSU, including over 12,700 tests on student-athletes and over 3,800 tests on staff members. 241 student-athletes and 28 staff members have tested positive for the virus since June.