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


McLane Baseball Stadium at night/ Photo Credit: Kyle Hatty/WDBM

Nathan Stearns, News Director

EAST LANSING— During the week of April 16-22, Michigan State conducted 1,336 COVID-19 PCR tests on student-athletes and athletic department staff members. In total, 1,004 total tests were administered on student-athletes, and 332 were issued to eligible staff members. Overall, three 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 23,900 total tests on student-athletes and staff members, with 258 total positive tests for student-athletes and 42 positive results for athletic department personnel.

The three positive tests amongst the student-athlete community is a slight rise from last week, where two student-athletes tested positive. However, the number is still a sharp decrease from the week of March 26-April 1, which was seven student-athletes and six staff members test positive.

This week is also the second consecutive week with no positive tests within the staff member community. During the week of April 2-8, five athletic department staffers contracted the virus.