Student athletes feel the brunt of COVID-19

By Taylor Christensen

Vice President of Student Affairs Dave Emsweller updated COVID-19 numbers Nov. 2 in a UF Update for the week of Oct. 25 to Oct. 31. He said there were 97 positive active cases (three community members were included), 34 pending test results, 73 completed tests that week, and 379 in a 14-day quarantine.

Many University of Findlay student athletes found themselves in quarantine in the last two weeks as numbers of COVID-19 positive cases on campus reflected the rise in the county, state, and nation.

The entire football team was placed in quarantine. Football players were released on Oct. 29 but other teams remain quarantined. The decision to require all football players to quarantine was made in consultation with the Health Department according to an Emsweller email.

As of Oct. 28, an email sent by the athletic department listed the following UF athletic teams on quarantine and when they would be released from quarantine.

  • Volleyball Nov. 4
  • Cheerleading Nov. 4
  • Wrestling Nov. 4 (Though the wrestling room remained open for those not in
  • Men’s Basketball Nov. 6
  • Men’s Swimming and Diving Nov. 7
  • Women’s Swimming and Diving Nov. 7
  • Women’s Basketball Nov. 8

Sports that are considered an outdoor primary activity such as men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, baseball, softball, lacrosse, football will not have access to indoor space until at least Nov. 5.

Athletic Director Brandi Laurita released the update on the color phase approach for sports teams on Oct. 27.

“We now have over 200 student-athletes and staff entered or continued in quarantine,” Laurita said. “Our positive test rate continues to creep up and is still not extreme but is moving quickly in the wrong direction. We can make a positive impact on this direction!”

Due to the rise of positive tests within athletics, the athlete weight room was closed until Nov. 5.

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