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UK tested 106 student-athletes, announces basketball’s return to campus

UK Athletics provided an update on its return to campus and in it we learn 106 student-athletes have been tested for COVID-19 antibodies and cleared for participation.

Of those 106 that were tested, six tested positive for a past infection; however, the six who tested positive were evaluated and eventually cleared, meaning the football team is on campus and good to go. Wonderful news. Volleyball also had a successful comeback with student-athletes returning in two groups last week.

Also from the update, we learn football’s successful return opened the door for John Calipari’s Wildcats to get to work. Men’s basketball’s screening process will begin on Sunday, June 28 with a return to basketball activities planned for next week.

For more on UK’s return to athletics, read the entire update here.

For more on why the antibodies test and not the nasal swab, read up on that here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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11 Comments for UK tested 106 student-athletes, announces basketball’s return to campus



  1. bigblue98
    12:14 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    What is UK doing right that some other schools aren’t? Hope the others get it corrected so we can see football in the fall!



    • blueballs80
      12:48 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      Certainly not going to nightclubs in Baton Rouge like the LSU players for sure. The players did a good job isolating themselves from public places.



    • Bluehender
      1:52 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe they’re following the governor’s directives??



  2. JEUofK
    12:35 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Assuming there are no prior medical conditions, would rather have had all 106 test positive or had been positive prior to returning to school. The schools who already have 30+ have a leg up on the rest of the competitions. Immune systems will be stronger.



    • DelrayCat
      2:01 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      Actually most young people that have died from C-19 had an over-reactive immune system that ended up attacking body organ systems causing them to fail, a cytokine storm.



    • 4everUKBlue
      2:51 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      You mean died with coronavirus, I would bet you none of them died from it.



  3. ohiokatfan
    1:58 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    What are our players doing right? Why ignoring our president obviously.



    • peaches76
      3:06 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, that’s exactly what it is. Great answer



  4. Tej
    3:09 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    We sure don’t need 106 players to get the virus. Herd immunity requires about 70% of the population to get the virus and then recover according to epidemiologists. That would be over 200 million people. Also, there’s some evidence now that people who’ve had the virus can get it again. Thus, no immunity. Let’s hope we continue with no cases and a vaccine is developed soon.



  5. Lip Man 1
    12:39 am June 23, 2020 Permalink

    “The chances of delaying or disrupting seem to be increasing.”
    “Will we have a death or someone become so sick that they can’t play any longer? Is one death OK, not two?”

    A sobering look at the overall situation in CFB right now:

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/did-college-football-return-too-soon-positive-covid-19-tests-generating-negative-views-about-2020/



  6. TonyMontana
    7:31 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

    Wake me up with there’s a vaccine.