While reports around the country have not been favorable when it comes to testing returning athletes for COVID-19, the early news out of Bloomington is good.
IU Athletics issued a release on Tuesday indicating that 187 athletes, coaches and staff have been tested for the virus thus far, with zero positive cases discovered. Based on IU’s plan to return athletes to campus, the early tests were administered to athletes, coaches and staff from the football and men’s and women’s basketball programs.
Below is the full release from the school.
For Immediate Release
June 23, 2020
IU COVID-19 TESTING UPDATE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Based on the Indiana University Athletics Medical Advisory Group Phase One Restart Plan released on June 3, 2020, Indiana University Athletics has returned groups of its students who compete in intercollegiate athletics to campus for voluntary workouts which started on June 15th.
IU Athletics established the IU Athletics Medical Advisory Group on March 10, 2020, to provide expert medical advice to the Department. This group consists of Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Andy Hipskind; IU Team Physician and member of the Big Ten Emerging Infectious Disease Task Force, Dr. Larry Rink; and Dr. Tom Hrismalos, a specialist in infectious disease. In advance of starting workouts, students on the football and men’s and women’s basketball teams have been participating in a series of pre-participation protocols before they can be cleared to participate in voluntary workouts. Among other requirements, each student-athlete must complete a daily medical check and agree to abide by a series of CDC guidelines to complete the reintegration process and be cleared to participate in voluntary workouts. Pursuant to the guidelines of the Indiana University Athletics Medical Advisory Group Phase One Restart Plan, these pre-participation protocols also apply to all coaches and staff participating in team activities.
As part of IU Athletics’ pre-participation protocols, doctors have administered 187 COVID-19 tests for student-athletes, coaches and staff, with zero positive tests reported. Testing began on June, 9, 2020.
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