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


McLane Baseball Stadium/ Photo Credit: Luke Sloan/WDBM

Nathan Stearns, News Director

EAST LANSING— During the week of April 9-15, Michigan State conducted 1,411 COVID-19 PCR tests on student-athletes and athletic department staff members. In total, 1,067 total tests were administered on student-athletes, and 344 were issued to eligible staff members. Overall, two student-athletes and no staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

This week’s results cover PCR testing across all sports that are participating in the Big Ten’s testing program. Currently, student-athletes and staff members who participate in field hockey and rowing are being tested six days a week. Other sports, including men’s and women’s track, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, baseball and softball are being tested in accordance with weekly schedules produced by the Big Ten.

Since the beginning of June, MSU has administered over 22,500 total tests on student-athletes and staff members, with 255 total positive tests for student-athletes and 42 positive results for athletic department personnel.

The two positive tests amongst the student-athlete community ties the lowest mark since the week of Feb. 19 when no student-athletes tested positive. Last week also saw two student-athletes test positive.

This week is also the first week in a month with no positive tests within the staff member community. The last time no staffers tested positive was over the week of March 12-18.