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Purdue Announces First Positive COVID-19 Test Within Sports Department

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LAFAYETTE WEST – It had to happen.

Call it inevitable. The first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 from the Purdue sports department.

The school released the information on Thursday and did not say whether the person was an athlete, a coach, a staff member, or when the positive was determined.

“We follow the protocol and procedures that have been established on the advice of the Big Ten, the NCAA and our own medical advisers,” the school said in its statement.

“The person who tested positive is currently under quarantine and receiving prescribed medical care as needed. Our medical team continues to monitor the health and well-being of those affected by this test result. We also continue to screen and monitor all student-athletes, coaches and staff on a daily basis. ”

Most of the football team returned to campus on June 8, the first group of Purdue athletes to enter this new world of college sports. Since the training sessions are voluntary, not all players in the program were there three weeks ago. Others arrived later but had to undergo tests.

Basketball players and male coaches followed football on June 15 and basketball players and female coaches returned this week. Purdue’s progressive approach continues when the volleyball team returns on Monday and the women’s soccer team returns on July 6.

“By implementing a phased approach, medical staff are able to screen and test Purdue student-athletes effectively and efficiently,” the school said in its statement. “In addition, voluntary training is strategically planned and organized in small groups to follow the directives of social distancing.

Protocols for a positive test follow guidelines from the CDC, states, local and university authorities, up to 14 days of quarantine. The athletics department’s test procedures and protocols are part of the overall purge protection plan when students, faculty and staff return in the fall for classes.

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The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) does not release information related to investigating reportable diseases. The GDI investigates each case of COVID-19 in Indiana and conducts the contact tracing.

Purdue is the last athletics department to recognize at least one positive test.

Some schools publish issues, usually on a weekly basis. Iowa has released two reports. Indiana released one after testing soccer, men’s and women’s basketball players, coaches and support staff in each program. No positive Bloomington cases.

Illinois has decided to keep this information confidential. Other schools will do the same. Positive tests have emerged in more than 40 FBS schools, according to a recent USA Today story.

Most numbers are single digits and do not always include athletes. Coaches, staff and support staff are also tested.

Some schools have decided to suspend voluntary training after positive tests. Kansas State and Boise State have stopped football training. Houston has suspended all activities in its sports department. The Grand Canyon has quarantined the entire men’s basketball team after positive tests.

Mike Carmin covers Purdue sports for the Journal & Courier. Send an email to [email protected] and follow us on Twitter @carmin_jc

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