UI athletics department reports three positive COVID-19 tests out of 277 tests conducted

The department conducted 277 COVID-19 PCR tests for the week of Dec. 28 – Jan. 3 and received three positive tests and 274 negative tests.

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The University of Iowa athletics department conducted 277 COVID-19 PCR tests for the week of Dec. 28 – Jan. 3 and received three positive tests and 274 negative tests.

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 362 positive tests, 12,596 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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