FARGO — North Dakota State has its first case of multiple positives in its COVID-19 summer testing program. Thirteen student-athletes have been exposed, according to athletic director Matt Larsen, with all 13 "doing OK."
Larsen said the school was prepared for it and put its plan of contact tracing, daily checks from staff and quarantining into place. He said most of the student-athletes who tested positive were asymptomatic.
"I'm not concerned just because most important the student-athletes are dealing with it well and doing OK," he said. "That's first and foremost. We anticipated we were going to see some positives throughout the summer and that's going along with as cautious as our student-athletes are being. It goes to show, there's an opportunity to get it."
Previously, in June, one student-athlete tested positive and that person has since recovered. Larsen said one of the 13 of the latest positives has already recovered. The latest results came after the university instilled its first "comprehensive testing" for all sports on campus. That also includes some coaches and administrators.
NDSU football is in phase two of a four-part plan on its way to a regular season with coach-player meeting interaction. Voluntary workouts have been going on since early June with football, men's and women's basketball, wrestling, volleyball and soccer.
The university is making no distinction on what athletes tested positive from what sport and school policy is to not reveal names because of privacy laws. Athletes going through weight training sessions at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex have been reduced to groups of 10 or less, with safety protocols in place upon entering the facility.
Larsen said the athletic department is looking at comprehensive testing every two weeks.
"And that will continue into the fall seasons if we're fortunate enough to play," he said.