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12 student-athletes test positive for COVID-19 at Morgan State

Posted at 6:44 PM, Jul 22, 2020

BALTIMORE — 12 student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 at Morgan State.

Prior to the voluntary workout stoppage, Morgan State athletics developed a comprehensive plan to control the internal environment for student-athletes returning to campus.

To control the density of student-athletes returning to campus, the move-in was conducted in phases, with each incoming cohort required to take a test for COVID-19 after moving into their room assignment.

Of the 77 student-athletes that were tested for COVID-19 upon returning to campus, 12 received positive test results. The Athletic Department’s 42 coaches and staffers were also tested, with no positive cases reported.

Student-athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 were immediately placed in isolation for 14 days in accordance with CDC, state and local guidelines and the University’s Quarantine and Isolation Protocol.

All student-athletes, who may have been exposed by way of shared common spaces, were also self-quarantined as a precautionary measure until they could safely return home.

Without the voluntary workouts, the suspension of the fall sports season and the start of classes more than a month away, the University decided that it was in best interest of the student-athletes’ health and safety to not have them remain on campus during this time.

The University initially began systematically allowing student-athletes to return to campus on July 6.

The student-athletes may return to the University when all students are allowed to begin moving back on campus. The 2020-21 academic year is scheduled to start on September 9.

Outside of the known reported positive cases for the 12 student-athletes, there have been no known or University confirmed positive COVID-19 cases for faculty or staff.