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10 UK athletes test positive for COVID-19 in latest update

Ten University of Kentucky athletes tested positive for COVID-19 from Aug. 7-19, the school shared Wednesday.

Those 10 positive cases were identified via polymerase chain reaction tests administered to 416 athletes across all sports, indicating a positivity rate of 2.4 among those tested. That is the most cases identified in a single “return to activity” update since Kentucky began providing those updates on a bi-monthly basis in June.

Additionally, 259 athletes “who had newly returned to campus” were tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Nine of those individuals were positive for past infections.

A total of 143 staff members underwent PCR testing from Aug. 7-19; there was one positive case among that group.

A UK spokesperson said that a total of 11 positive cases were identified among 454 athletes via PCR tests administered prior to the Aug. 7-19 period. (The discrepancy in the total number of athletes tested is due to availability of athletes to test, some players leaving teams, etc.) The positivity rate from June through the beginning of August was the same, 2.4 percent.

Football head coach Mark Stoops following Saturday’s practice referenced three players who, as of then, weren’t practicing with the team due to COVID-19 infections.

Additional information provided by James Madaleno, UK’s executive associate athletic director of sports medicine and performance, in an email exchange, showed that no positive tests were identified among 43 members of UK’s cheer squad who were tested from July 24-Aug. 6.

Classes began at UK last week. Kentucky’s football team is scheduled to kick off its 2020 season at Auburn on Sept. 26; no start dates have been announced for other fall sports.

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Josh Moore covers the University of Kentucky football team and is in his sixth year reporting for the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he’s been employed since 2009. Moore, a Martin County native, graduated from UK with a B.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication and English in 2013. He’s a huge fan of the NBA, Power Rangers and country music.
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