UI athletics department reports six positive COVID-19 tests out of 346 conducted tests

The department conducted 346 COVID-19 PCR tests between the week of Nov. 23-29 and received six positive tests and 340 negative tests.


Shivansh Ahuja

Spectators and players do the Hawkeye Wave during a football game between Iowa and Nebraska at Kinnick Stadium on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.

Robert Read, Pregame Editor

The University of Iowa athletics department conducted 346 COVID-19 PCR tests for the week of Nov. 23-29 and received six positive tests and 340 negative tests, the department announced on Monday.

As part of Iowa’s return to campus protocol, testing began on May 29 and includes athletes, coaches, and other staff members. A total of 323 positive tests, 10,232 negative tests, and one inconclusive test have been received.

According to a release, following the positive test result, protocol established by UI Athletics and medical staff, including contact tracing procedures, is being followed to ensure the safety of all UI Athletics student-athletes and staff. This mandatory protocol also includes isolation for the individuals who test positive, and quarantine for those individuals who might have been exposed to someone with the virus.

The Big Ten Conference began daily rapid antigen surveillance testing on Sept. 30. Any positive tests identified through the surveillance testing process would be confirmed through a PCR test and reflected in the numbers listed above.

The department does not provide a testing breakdown by sport or specify if an athlete or staff member has tested positive.

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