REPORT: Power 5 expected to announce uniform COVID-19 testing, protocol policy
ATHENS — Power 5 conferences will soon release plans for uniform minimal testing for COVID-19, including a policy that outlines quarantine.
SI.com national writer Ross Dellenger reported players who test positive for COVID-19 would be ruled out of competition for 10 days. Players who had contact tho the player (s) who tested positive would be out for 14 days.
Sports Illustrated attained a draft of a medical document drafted among the Power 5 conferences that it says “adds uniformity to virus testing protocol and response procedures.”
Per the six-page document:
• Teams must test players within 72 hours of games
• officials in football and basketball should be tested weekly
• Those who test positive must “isolate” for 10 days and until they’ve gone three days without symptoms
• Those who had contact with those testing positive must quarantine for 14 days
• Out of season testing will be left up to the schools
Additionally, the SI.com reports there are “several” conditions that could lead to a school discontinuing competition.
• Lack of ability to isolate new positive cases or quarantine high-contact risk cases on campus;
• Inability to perform weekly testing;
• Campus-wide or local community test rates that are considered unsafe by local public health officials;
• Inability to perform adequate contact tracing;
• Local public health officials state that there is an inability for the hospital infrastructure to accommodate a surge in COVID-related hospitalizations.
Group of 5 conferences and the NCAA, SI.com reported, are expected to release their own guidelines.
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