Report: COVID-19 outbreak forces at least 30 LSU players into quarantine
At least 30 members of LSU’s football team have been required to go into quarantine after an outbreak of COVID-19 hit campus. Sports Illustrated was one of many media outlets to report the news over the weekend.
According to the report from SI, at least 30 players have been instructed to quarantine as a result of testing positive for the virus or coming into contact with someone who had the virus. That is over one-fourth of LSU’s 115-man roster that has been isolated from the rest of the team.
LSU declined to comment on the situation as of Saturday, citing medical privacy laws. SI reports that no players have required hospitalization and that most cases have either been asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms.
The latest news out of Baton Rouge comes shortly after 13 positive tests were reported at Texas and 28 were confirmed at Clemson. Kansas State recently had 14 positive COVID-19 tests and decided to temporarily halt all voluntary workouts for the football team.
Several other schools that have permitted student-athletes to return to campus have experienced positive tests, too. However, most of those situations have involved numbers in the single digits. This past week has shown that an outbreak involving student-athletes is a threat on college campuses.