SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — For the first time since student-athletes returned to campus in June, Syracuse University has released their test results.
Friday evening, SU Director of Athletics John Wildhack released a statement saying that the University has administered more than 1,200 tests to their student-athletes. Only five of those tests were positive, all of which came within the first week of workouts.
Over the last four weeks, not a single student-athlete at Syracuse has tested positive.
Wildhack went on to say in the release, that the football team will be tested once a week during the preseason. Once the season starts, the testing will be administered three times a week.
Here is the full statement from Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack:
“Our top priority continues to be the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, fans and campus community members. We remain committed to doing everything we can to ensure our student-athletes are and feel safe, supported by and comfortable with the procedures and protocols we have put into place to maintain a healthy environment for them to train and compete. For football, this includes a robust testing effort which includes weekly testing during training camp and testing three times a week during their playing schedule, beginning the week of September 7. Due to a miscommunication about when weekly testing would commence, the team did not practice yesterday; today was the team’s designated day off. The football team plans to resume practice tomorrow, provided we have received the results of yesterday’s testing.
“Since our student-athletes arrived on campus, we have administered more than 1,200 tests. To date, five individuals have tested positive for COVID and have since completed the necessary isolation requirements. There have been no positive tests in the last four weeks. Currently, we have zero active COVID cases among student-athletes. This is a testament to our student-athletes’ commitment to protect themselves, each other and our community. We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes, coaches, trainers and staff. They have prioritized the safety of the team, their classmates and our campus by adhering to the extensive public health precautions we have taken during training and even requesting additional precautions.
“This is a rapidly evolving and fluid situation. We will continue to listen to and engage with our student-athletes and make adjustments to our safety strategy as appropriate. Finally, we remain in close contact with our fellow ACC schools, public health officials and medical advisors to guide our decision making as it relates to intercollegiate competition.”