Two athletes and one employee at Marshall University test positive for COVID-19

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOAY) – Two student-athletes and one employee tested positive for the virus over the weekend.

All three are asymptomatic, and the cases are not believed to be related. University and public health officials do not believe any of the three contracted the virus on campus.

Officials with the Marshall University Office of Environmental Health and Safety, and Marshall Health physicians Dr. Larry Dial and Dr. John Jasko are working with Athletics Department staff to make sure all protocols are being followed.

These measures include:

  • All student-athletes arriving on campus are in mandatory self-isolation for one week;
  • Following the completion of the self-isolation period, all student-athletes are tested for COVID-19 and must return a confirmed negative result before being allowed out of self-isolation;
  • All Athletics Department employees who come in close contact with student-athletes are being tested; and
  • Any student-athlete returning a positive test is required to quarantine and follow positive test guidelines. A student-athlete who tests positive will be required to secure a negative test before completing the quarantine period.

The two student-athletes and the employee who tested positive are all in quarantine. Their close contacts are being identified and instructed to follow appropriate protocols, including quarantine or self-isolation, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Cabell Huntington Health DepartmentIf you are not contacted, your risk of exposure from the student-athletes or the employee is low.

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