July 24, 2020

Student-athletes test positive for COVID-19, quarantined

TO: Furman Students, Faculty, Staff and Families

FROM: Furman University

Following NCAA guidelines and consistent with the practices of peer and neighboring institutions, Furman conducted COVID-19 testing for all student-athletes and staff of the football program who arrived on campus this Monday. Furman received the test results today and learned that six of the student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19. All of the positive cases are asymptomatic. None of the staff tested positive.

Upon learning of the results, the university immediately implemented its health and safety protocols and isolated the students, conducted contact tracing to determine additional possible exposures, and notified health officials. In accordance with our protocols, the students who tested positive are in isolation and those who were exposed to them, as identified by contact tracers, are quarantining at home or in a campus space reserved for such purposes.

The NCAA recommends testing all student-athletes upon arrival to set a baseline and because of the close-contact nature of training and competition. As a general practice, Furman plans to test sub-groups of students who may have similar close interaction and any students who present symptoms.

Due to privacy laws, the university cannot identify publicly the students who tested positive. Contact tracers have already contacted anyone known to have had interaction with the students.

The university will periodically share information about future positive results for members of our community on the Furman Focused website. Please continue to check this site for updates and for more information on the steps we’re taking to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.