As colleges begin to reopen their doors for athletes to return to campus, one nearby school welcomed back three people that tested positive for COVID-19.
Marshall University announced Monday morning that two student-athletes and one employee returned to campus with coronavirus. All three patients were asymptomatic when tested and none of the cases appear to be related. The three will remain in quarantine until they can produce a negative test.
“It shows that what you are doing is working,” said Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick. “If a positive comes up, we’ve caught it and we can quarantine them. Everyone else was negative and what we set out to do with our testing is working. I think that’s the positive thing about it. You want to know. That’s why you test.”
At Marshall all student-athletes and employees that work with them are tested for COVID-19 after a one-week isolation period. The University of Kentucky has not yet released its plan for student-athletes to return to campus. Mass testing will not be in effect at the University of Arkansas as student-athletes begin returning to campus June 8. Only those showing COVID-19 symptoms will be tested.
The news that student-athletes are returning to campus with COVID-19 should not come as a surprise. It will certainly happen at other schools as well. What’s critical is that each institution has protocols in place to make sure campuses are not the epicenter of a mild coronavirus outbreak.