The coronavirus has reared its ugly head at one of college football’s premier programs.
Clemson football players returned to campus last week for voluntary workouts. At the time the school announced that two players tested positive for coronavirus. Fast forward one week and that number has dramatically increased. Multiple reports indicate that 23 football players and two staff members are are among the 28 from the athletics department that have tested positive for COVID-19.
The mini-outbreak is not life-threatening. None of the positive cases have resulted in hospitalization and about half of the people are asymptomatic. They will now be isolated for 10 days and can only leave isolation after three days without symptoms. Any known contacts must also quarantine for 14 days.
The increase in positive tests will not stop the Clemson team from continuing to hold voluntary workouts.
Clemson is not the only program that has been hit hard as college football players return to campus. Houston shut down voluntary workouts after a half dozen positive tests and Texas announced yesterday that 25 people were forced into isolation.
The early small outbreaks raise eyebrows, however, they are somewhat expected. If large numbers of players continue testing positive over the coming weeks, then college football has a major problem.