Report: 4 more K-State football players test positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 12:07:33-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four more Kansas State football players have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report from The Mercury in Manhattan.

The newspaper confirmed Wednesday that city officials said four of the six newest coronavirus cases reported by the Riley County Health Department are Wildcats football players.

The school announced Tuesday that two student-athletes have tested positive since returning. A spokesman for the department confirmed that only football players have returned so far for summer workouts.

With the four new cases, a total of six Wildcats players who were tested for the virus upon returning to campus earlier this month have now tested positive.

K-State has asked all student-athletes to stay at home for a week prior to returning to Manhattan.

After their arrival on campus, the student-athletes receive a coronavirus test, which is used to detect if someone has an active infection. Student-athletes aren’t supposed to enter athletic facilities or take part in training until a negative test has been confirmed, according to K-State’s safe return protocol.

Wildcats football players were allowed to return June 1 and workouts started Monday.

Players who test positive are isolated for a minimum of 10 days. If a fever persists without the use of medication, including ibuprofen to treat symptoms, that quarantine period is extended.