From Inside the Red Raiders
Texas Tech sent out a press release Friday afternoon which provided more detail about its COVID-19 testing of athletes and staff members in the football program since their return to campus. Here is the full release from the athletic department:
“Texas Tech Athletics announced Friday it has completed 197 tests for COVID-19 among its football student-athletes and staff with a total of 23 positive results. Of the positive results, 21 recoveries have since been reported.
As part of its established safety protocols, Texas Tech’s sports medicine staff has notified and isolated each individual who tested positive for a period of at least 10 days in accordance with CDC guidelines and City of Lubbock Health Department procedures, including contact tracing. Close known contacts have also been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. None of the cases have required hospitalization.
Texas Tech’s priority remains the health and safety of each of its student-athletes and staff. As part of its Return to Campus Plan, Texas Tech tested each football student-athlete upon return to campus. The same protocol will be implemented for each program as its student-athletes return for voluntary activity.”
Tech previously released this statement on June 15 confirming multiple positive tests in the football, women’s basketball and track and field programs, but did not divulge numbers at that time:
“In response to several media requests, the Texas Tech athletics department can confirm recent positive tests for COVID-19 within its football, men’s track and field and women’s basketball programs.
Each student-athlete who has tested positive has been self-isolated in accordance with CDC guidelines and City of Lubbock Health Department procedures for a positive test, including contact tracing. As part of Texas Tech’s established health and safety procedures, those who tested positive will receive daily monitoring from the athletic department’s sports medicine staff and team physicians.
The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and staff is our top priority as a university and athletics department. Due to privacy laws, the University will not disseminate information regarding specific individuals and their health.”
That statement came a week after Texas Tech announced an unspecified number within the men’s basketball program had tested positive for COVID-19. Here’s the release from the men’s basketball program on June 8th:
“The Texas Tech athletic department has confirmed recent positive tests for COVID-19 within the men’s basketball program.
The members of the program who have tested positive have been self-isolated in accordance with CDC Guidelines and the City Department of Health procedures for a positive test, including contact tracing. Per Texas Tech’s established protocol, those who tested positive will receive daily monitoring from the athletic department’s sports medicine staff and team physicians.”