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FAMU announces nine student athletes test positive for COVID-19

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 4:17 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - As Florida A&M University begins welcoming student-athletes back to campus, initial testing of athletes has yielded “some” positive tests, according to Athletic Director Kortne Gosha.

Gosha would not go into detail about how many cases or which sport was involved, citing HIPPA.

In a press release later on Wednesday, the school says of the 65 athletes that were tested, nine tested positive.

The school says students returned to campus on Sunday and were tested on Monday.

FAMU adds there has been no on-campus transmission.

Currently, there are three sports on campus: football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. These athletes have been on campus for the past three weeks.

Gosha also says the beginning of team practices, which are scheduled to begin July 20, remains unchanged despite the “small percent” of positives. However, players did engage in small workouts which did not exceed 10 participants.

Gosha estimates approximately 65 players are on campus. The percent positive was in the “single digits.”

All athletes are housed in a central location on campus. Athletes testing positive are in a separate portion of the residence.

The first-year athletic director also said the school followed all of the guidelines in place for dealing with positive tests once learning of the results.

Gosha did not say if the athletes were currently positive with coronavirus.

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