UI athletics reports one positive COVID-19 test from last 328 tests conducted

The department conducted 328 COVID-19 PCR tests the week of April 26-May 2 and received one positive test and 327 negative tests.


Shivansh Ahuja

Carver-Hawkeye Arena is seen empty after a men’s basketball game on Dec. 22, 2020.

Robert Read, Pregame Editor

The University of Iowa athletics department conducted 328 COVID-19 PCR tests for the week of April 26-May 2 and received one positive tests and 327 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 445 positive tests, 19,863 negative tests, and one inconclusive test have been received.

According to a release, following a 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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