LANSING, Mich. (WOOD/WLNS) — One Michigan State University student-athlete and two at the University of Michigan have tested positive for COVID-19, the schools say.
Both universities started bringing athletes back to campus this week.
At MSU, 124 student-athletes were tested for the virus Monday. The one who tested positive will be isolated for 10 to 14 days in university-arranged housing. Staff will be checking in the student daily and providing any additional services provided as directed by the medical and administrative staffs. The athlete will be tested again and checked out by a doctor before returning to workouts.
Student-athletes who tested negative this week will be tested again next week. A second negative test result is required before being cleared to work out.
None of the athletic department staff members tested positive during Monday’s testing.
MSU added that one student-athlete did not report to campus after testing positive at home last week. The student-athlete is currently recovering at home and will go back to campus once better.
Michigan this week tested 221 athletes, coaches and staff members. The university said both of those who tested positive were not showing symptoms.
Michigan says it has a four-phase plan to bring its athletes back. It’s currently in phase one, which involves only the football and men’s and women’s basketball tams. It includes a 14-day pre-return risk assessment; testing upon arrival on campus; a six-day “resocialization” period involving two days of “shelter in place” education, physicals and daily temperatures checks and risk assessments; then return to voluntary workouts.
So far, only three athletes have been cleared by the NCAA to return to strength and conditioning training.
“There’s no plans for us to have our student-athletes sign a waiver,” Michigan Director of Athletics Warde Manuel said during a Thursday Zoom conference. “We do have a policy statement that we are presenting to our student-athletes, which basically covers the education that they received and their families received. We want them to understand the policy and procedures, the important of wearing face masks, the important of following the protocol that we designed.”
Phase two will bring back all other student-athletes who play during the fall season, but its date has yet to be determined and it will depend on how phase one goes.