Update: WVU Reports 41 Student-Athletes Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

The following are updated COVID-19 testing numbers from the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics as of July 17.

“Since testing began in June, a total of 518 tests have been administered.

Positive test results since June total 41 with the breakdown per sport showing 28 in football, five in men’s basketball, six in women’s basketball, one in women’s soccer and one staff member.

All individuals entered self-isolation for 14 days at the time of their positive result and contact tracing was initiated.”

WVU did not provide abreakdown of the number of current active infections or recovered cases. However the initial nine individuals that tested positive have been released and are back performing workouts. By the end of this week, another significant portion will have completed their isolation periods, and with a negative test will also be eligibile to return.

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    The following are updated COVID-19 testing numbers from the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics as of July 17. Since test
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    And now it starts.  This will be the norm at all schools.  All it will take is a few school pres or state govs to shut it down.

    #119487

    Football this fall is a very fragile situation.

    #119489

    It’s hard not to be pessimistic at this point, although I think there will be (and already have been) massive lobbying efforts behind the scenes from schools to governors to not issue a college sports shutdown.

    However, if there aren’t enough players to play, that might decide it. I do think, though, that schools will try to weather any outbreak storms, miss a game or two due to high numbers, and then get back to play. At that point, I would think it’s just a matter of total team numbers and availability.

    There could also be a lot of last minute games scheduled if this happens. Agreed 100%, though, that this is all on the edge of a cliff right now.

    #119493

    Talked to a girl today that is in pre med at Clemson.  She heard that almost all of the FB team has now or had COVID.  AND will be ready for the start of season.

    Interesting.  Get it done and over with for the whole team.

    #119497

    What an opportunity for a controlled case study for the medical fields. There’s been much discussion, agreements and disagreements on the effectiveness of anti-bodies on how much, if any, and for how long, they will provide future immunity to the virus? Will the medical community jump on this and develop systems to analyze, document and communicate recommendations and/or precautions in how much immunity the general public can effectively count on in any plans or future endeavors. Reduce or eliminate guess work? Is there really any “herd immunity”? Maybe the conferences could use the results and any other studies taken based on them in future decisions ? Could it also help in many other covid related quandaries, such as school openings? Stay tuned!

    #119505

    “She heard” is hardly something I’d bank on. And just because you get it once does not prevent you from getting it again, as several studies are showing that the antibodies generated in response to the first infection drop over time.

    I’d once again ask, would you take your under 30 son or daughter and get them infected intentionally to “Get it over and done with” — even though that is not a guarantee — and knowing that they also stand a small chance of suffering long term effects?

    #119506

    Good questions, Tony.

    There are studies underway now to measure antibodies and how long they last and might prevent re-infection. At least one I have seen shows a dropping level of those antibodies over time, but unfortunately we won’t know if that’s enough to prevent reinfection until we have data over a much longer period. That’s one thing that can’t be rushed, and I don’t think any such conculsions on it could be drawn to help sports or society in 2020-21.

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