UK Athletics Releases Update on Student-Athletes, Staff Testing for Covid-19

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UK Athletics Releases Update on Student-Athletes, Staff Testing for Covid-19

The University of Kentucky football team runs out onto the field during the game against Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Georgia defeated Kentucky 34-17. Photo by Hunter Mitchell.

The University of Kentucky released an update Monday afternoon on the initial Coronavirus screening process for student-athletes and staff returning to campus for voluntary workouts.

As reported by Kentucky kicker Chance Poore’s father and now confirmed by UK, all 166 football players and staff members back on campus have tested negative for Covid-19. Back in June when the players and staff gradually returned to campus, Kentucky football team members were just tested for past infection as opposed to seeing if one currently had the virus. Those test came back positive for six players, but they were quickly medically cleared to participate in the voluntary workouts.

UK also released the official results of the initial Covid-19 screening process for the men’s basketball, volleyball and women’s soccer teams. Of the 42 student-athletes tested, three came back positive for past infection. Additionally, 41 student-athletes and 21 staff members with those programs participated in PCR diagnostic testing, and three tested positive for currently having the virus. All three were required to quarantine.

The men’s soccer team returned to campus late last week and is currently in the midst of the initial screening process.

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