2 K-State football players test positive for COVID-19, school says

Posted at 3:28 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 16:48:50-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Kansas State football players have tested positive for COVID-19, the athletic department announced Tuesday.

With the return of student-athletes to campus, K-State athletics says it established a rigorous testing program, which includes the testing of approximately 120 student-athletes to date as part of the onboarding process.

So far, two of those student-athletes, who the school did not identify, tested positive. Only football players have returned to campus at this point, a spokesman for the Wildcats confirmed.

The Wildcats recommended that all student-athletes stay at home for at least seven days before reporting to campus and self-quarantine upon arrival before being tested.

Until test results are returned, “student-athletes are not allowed inside any department facilities nor can they participate in any voluntary or required team activities until they have received a negative test result.”

The two student-athletes who tested positive will be isolated for 10 days or longer, if a fever persists.

Any individuals known to have come in contact with the infected student-athletes also will be asked to self-quarantine.

“We will always keep our focus on the health and well-being of our student-athletes and staff,” K-State Athletics Director Gene Taylor said in statement. “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.”

The Wildcats will continue to test all student-athletes upon returning to campus.