UK Athletics this morning released an update on the Covid-19 screening process for athletes returning to campus for voluntary workouts. This update included results for football players going through the screening process, as well as plans for the volleyball team and the men’s basketball team as they return to campus.
Let’s start with football.
According to the press release sent out by UK, the initial screening process that began on June 8 for UK football players has been completed. Of the student-athletes completing the screening process, 106 total, six tested positive for having the infection in the past through the antibody test. Since, those six players have been medically cleared to participate in voluntary workouts.
For the players and coaches that have been involved in the voluntary workouts, they still have continued to participate in daily screenings.
The first two groups of the volleyball team to come back to campus, according to the press release, went through the initial screening process last week and were cleared to return to activity on Monday. The initial screening process for the men’s basketball team will begin on June 28 with the plan to return to activity later in the week.
Considering the outbreak of Covid-19 that many teams have had in their return across the country, these results serve as good news not just for Kentucky, but maybe college football and sports in general. With that said, Kentucky is only testing for the antibodies and not screening for possible asymptomatic carriers.