Nebraska not planning to share results of COVID-19 testing
Several schools across the B1G and college football have already revealed numerous positive COVID-19 test results as they’ve welcomed student-athletes back to campus. But Nebraska will not be one of the athletic departments to release details on testing, according to a report from the Omaha World-Herald.
Nebraska’s athletic department does not plan on making the results of the COVID-19 testing available to the public. The school says it is only required to report positive tests to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
The health department is not permitted to release that information, due to privacy laws.
“It is up to the university to share whether they have an athlete test positive. We don’t provide this information about any business or organization,” Diane Gonzolas, director of communications for the Lincoln Mayor’s Office, told the World-Herald. “If a business or organization wants to share information about their employees or athletes in this case, then we can confirm information that they share. This is how the Health Department handles all communicable diseases.”
Over 40 schools have already reported at least one positive COVID-19 case on campus. The most severe outbreaks, so far, have occurred at Texas, Kansas State, LSU and Clemson.
Nebraska is not the only school that has decided to take this path. Ohio State has also decided it will not make information public regarding the COVID-19 test results.