Maryland athletics announces three positive COVID-19 tests

July 23, 2020 | WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland Athletics, as part of a gradual, phased approach to the return of student-athletes to campus, is working with the University Health Center to conduct regular COVID-19 testing. In preparation for this ongoing testing period, we worked with State, county and university health officials to develop appropriate protocols in the event of positive test results, including education, contact identification and tracing, and self-isolation.

On July 14-15, the University Health Center conducted on-campus screening for 185 student-athletes and athletics staff. Three individuals tested positive for COVID-19. These three student-athletes and staff have been notified and are currently in self-isolation, monitored by university health officials.  Contact tracing is ongoing through the Prince George’s County Health Department and all identified individuals will follow a mandated 14-day self-observation period, under the supervision of university health officials. Under guidance from the Prince George’s County Health Department, voluntary, individual training for the football program has resumed.

This testing was part of a larger campus-wide testing initiative of over 1,400 faculty, staff and students.

Cumulative results of all athletics testing to date:

  • 545 tests

  • 12 positive results

As we continue this initial phase of our return to campus, in order to protect the privacy of those student-athletes who test positive, Maryland Athletics will publicly release the aggregate number of positive tests at regular intervals.