In a release from K-State Athletics on Tuesday afternoon, the school announced that two of their student athletes had tested positive for COVID-19. A source told KMAN on Tuesday morning that at least one of the positives is a member of the football team.
K-State received the positive results after 120 student-athletes had been tested as of June 16th, following the use of PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing.
Each student-athlete that arrives in Manhattan is to stay at home for seven days prior to their testing. During that time the athletes are not allowed inside any department facilities or participate in any team activities until they receive a negative test result.
K-state Athletic Director Gene Taylor said, “We will always keep our focus on the health and well-being of our student-athletes and staff. A small number of positive tests was something that we were anticipating based on what we are seeing from across college football, and our medical staff and coaching staffs are well-prepared for the next steps. While we know this is a very fluid situation, we have a great plan in place and all of our student-athletes have done their part in following the correct procedures to return to campus.”
According to K-State, each student-athlete that tests positive will be medically managed according to the local, state, national and CDC guidelines. Starting with self-isolation for 10 days, and must go 72 hours without a fever. That 72 hour no-fever period must be done without the aid of medication. Anybody that comes into contact with a positive test will be quarantined as well.