Clemson football players, basketball player test positive for COVID-19, official says

Updated: Jun. 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM EDT
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CLEMSON, S.C. (WYFF) - Two Clemson football players and one men's basketball player have tested positive for COVID-19, the university confirmed Friday.

The news comes the same week 128 Clemson football, men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes began returning to in-person training after the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an email from associate athletic director Jeff Kallin.

"After a recommended period of physical distancing, the student-athletes have undergone their physicals to return to voluntary activity," Kallin said.

Student-athletes can return to voluntary activity once passing a physical and undergoing testing for COVID-19. Results of the COVID-19 testing are below:

Staff working directly with student-athletes: Total tested: 41; Positive: 0

  • Football: Total tested: 104; Positive: 2
  • Men’s Basketball: Total tested: 12; Positive: 1
  • Women’s Basketball: Total tested: 12; Positive: 0
  • Cumulative: Tested: 169; Positive: 3

The names of the players who tested positive were not released.

Kallin released the following information:

"When a student-athlete is diagnosed with COVID-19, DHEC is notified according to their guidelines as means to trace known contacts. Specific individuals will not be identified. CUAD Sports Medicine will isolate the positive case and possible contacts. Individuals with symptoms and known exposure to a positive COVID-19 patient should self-quarantine or isolate and be further medically evaluated as soon as possible.

"Voluntary on-campus athletics activity must be initiated by a student-athlete, coaches may not be present, and the activity cannot be directed by a coach or reported back to a coach.

"Additionally, virtual non-physical countable athletically related activities with one day off for up to eight hours per week is allowed for all sports until June 30. This is applicable to all student-athletes regardless of whether they are still at home or are in the locale of the institution and are participating in voluntary on-campus athletics activities.

"Required in-person summer athletics activities in Football, Men's Basketball, and Women's Basketball are precluded through June 30."

Clemson University is currently in phase one of its return-to-campus activity, which began June 1.

Clemson’s fall sport student-athletes, including men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball are preparing to return to campus to begin activity in mid-June.

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