One student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19 in latest round of testing


The field at McLane Baseball Stadium covered with a tarp/ Photo Credit: Luke Sloan/WDBM

Nathan Stearns, News Director

EAST LANSING— During the week of April 30-May 6,  Michigan State conducted 281 COVID-19 PCR tests on student-athletes and athletic department staff members. In total, 207 total tests were administered on student-athletes, and 74 were issued to eligible staff members. Overall, one student-athlete 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 who participate in men’s and women’s track, men’s and women’s golf, baseball and softball are being tested in accordance with weekly schedules produced by the Big Ten. Members of the rowing team are being tested six days a week.

Since the beginning of June, MSU has administered over 24,950 tests on student-athletes and staff members with 259 total positive tests for student-athletes and 42 positive results for athletic department personnel.

This is the second consecutive week where less than two student-athletes, and no staff members tested positive for COVID-19. It is also the fourth consecutive week with no positive tests concerning the staff member community.

During the week of April 2-8, five athletic department staffers contracted the virus. The week of March 26-April 1 saw a meteoric rise in cases with seven student-athletes and six staff members testing positive.