After administering 1,152 COVID-19 tests to University student-athletes and athletic staff between March 22 and March 28, two resulted in a positive result. The weekly positivity rate was 0.17 percent, while the overall positivity rate since testing began in July remains at 0.7 percent.
Those positive test results “were reported to the Blue Ridge Health District (formerly known as the Thomas Jefferson Health District),” the press release said. These individuals will “self-isolate for at least 10 days, or until symptoms are resolving plus 24-hours fever free,” whichever is the longer of the two. After isolating, individuals will be medically evaluated before the return to daily sport participation.
Known close contacts of those who tested positive will also be required to self-quarantine. If there are no symptoms, the individual can “end quarantine after day 10 without testing, or after day seven with a negative diagnostic or rapid test performed on or after the fifth day following exposure.”
The University adheres to the ACC COVID-19 testing protocol, which requires “high risk” sports — including field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and wrestling — to be tested three times per week. Alternatively, “low risk” sports — track and field, golf and tennis — are tested once per week.
Virginia Athletics has had a pretty smooth week in terms of COVID-19, and the only in-season team that had a COVID-19-related game postponement was women’s soccer. The spring season women’s soccer match against James Madison that was scheduled for March 25 was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols within the Dukes program — no make up date has been scheduled thus far.
In terms of out of season sports, football is set to begin spring practice Tuesday. Several ACC schools including Duke and Pittsburgh have had to suspend spring training due to COVID-19-related problems and protocols. However, the Cavaliers are hopeful that with the low case numbers within the University, they will be able to proceed as planned.
As of Monday, there are 40 active COVID-19 cases in the University community, with students accounting for only 26 of those cases. Both the quarantine rooms — used for individuals that have been exposed to someone that tested positive for COVID-19 — and the isolation rooms — used for individuals that tested positive for COVID-19 — are at one percent capacity. This information is displayed in the University’s COVID-19 tracker which is updated Monday through Friday by 4 p.m.