UK Athletics just released its latest round of COVID-19 test results and between August 20 and September 2, 14 of 402 UK student-athletes tested positive for the coronavirus, along with seven of 306 staff members.
Thirty-four student-athletes who had returned to campus also underwent antibody testing during the initial onboarding process, with one positive for past infections. Student-athletes and staff testing PCR positive were required to isolate in accordance with CDC and local health department guidelines.
No further details, such as which sports the student-athletes play, were disclosed, but after the football team’s third preseason scrimmage on Saturday, Mark Stoops told reporters that a few position groups on his team have been impacted by the virus.
“We’re getting thin at certain positions and so we do have to look at that and alter some of the scrimmage today,” Stoops said. “Everything is still manageable at this point in time, but it does get you a touch thin when you’re going three and four groups and getting into a heavy scrimmage. Overall, I’m very pleased with getting it in and getting some live action, getting some more looks, getting Terry (Wilson) under center again, taking those snaps and continuing to get the rust off; overall a very productive day.”
In June, six football players reported to campus with antibodies and three players tested positive for the virus the week classes began on campus. On Saturday, Stoops reiterated that it is not yet a major problem for his squad, but it is the first significant contact tracing obstacle they’ve faced.
“It is an issue. I wouldn’t say it’s been a major issue for us to this point. I did have to alter portions of the scrimmage today because of that, but we still got a lot of good work in and got the players the necessary work. It definitely is different having to manage that.”
According to UK’s COVID-19 dashboard, there are 424 total active cases and 874 total recovered cases on campus. Since September 11, there have been 86 new cases, and 93 students are currently in isolation facilities.