While COVID-19 infection numbers are trending in the wrong direction in some areas of the country, the small slice that comprises West Virginia University’s athletic department is showing improvement.
On Saturday afternoon, the school released figures which showed that out of 600 tests administered to student-athletes and athletic department staffers since June, only three of the subjects who have tested postive at some point remain active. Forty-two, who previously tested positive, have recovered and now subsequently tested negative.
One active case remains in the football program, while the other two remain in men’s basketball.
The school did not indicate how quickly tests are being processed and results returned. Some health professionals have indicated that it is taking 3-4 days for results to be returned for the public at large.
The 45 positive tests represent a positive rate of .075%, far below the state’s overall average of 2.27%, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services. However, the state’s positive test rate on July 25 was 2.81%, a bit of an increased trend over its cumulative rate.
West Virginia is scheduled to open its football season in six weeks against Florida State, although that is far from a certainty at this point. Both the Big 12 and ACC continue to review the state of the pandemic before making a call on any modifications to their football schedules. The Big 12 may push its decision back into August after previusly indicating a decision on the season could come at the end of July.
As a whole, the University has begun testing for its entire faculty and staff prior to the retun of students for the fall semester. All students returning to campus will also be tested.