Illinois releases COVID-19 results for first time this summer
The University of Illinois’ athletic department has been quiet on reporting the results from its COVID-19 testing during this summer. On Monday, however, the school finally broke its silence.
Illinois announced that it has administered 1,200 tests over the last two months. There were 23 tests that returned positive among 164 student-athletes. Only three of those cases still remain active.
“There is no evidence that any of the positive transmissions came through athletic activities or by the use of campus athletics facilities,” Illinois said in a statement, according to Illini Inquirer. “The DIA and its sports medicine staff have followed strict protocols and testing procedures developed in consultation with campus and community partners, including the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, UI McKinley Health Center, Carle Health System and the University’s SHIELD group. Guidance from national and state health officials, along with the NCAA and Big Ten, was also incorporated. These protocols relate to weekly testing, quarantining and isolation, daily screenings, facility access and cleaning, and workout procedures, all of which have contributed to the low positivity rate.”
Most schools across the country have frequently reported on their COVID-19 testing results, though some have opted to withhold information out of privacy for student-athletes, coaches and staff.
So far, six B1G programs have been forced to halt workouts: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Rutgers.