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UK announces COVID-19 testing results for football team

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Several athletes tested positive for past infection.

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The Kentucky Wildcats football team has slowly been getting back on UK’s campus over the last month, a process that is now complete.

On Monday, UK announced that 106 football players were screened, and six of them tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. The players who tested positive did not have the virus at the time of the testing but at some point had been exposed. The school also says those six players have since been cleared for athletic activities.

UK has also welcomed back the women’s volleyball team, and those players have also been cleared for workouts. The school will now welcome back the men’s basketball team later this week.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen several schools hit hard with COVID-19 outbreaks within various football programs, including Clemson (23 confirmed cases) and LSU (30 players in quarantine due to potential exposure).

We’ve also seen Houston and Kansas State pause workouts due to double-digit cases of the virus occurring. So for UK’s football team to have only six positive tests for the virus out of 106 players is pretty good, all things considered.

Now, the real test begins as UK starts workouts with all of these players while hoping to avoid having a similar outbreak.

Go here to read more about UK’s plan for teams returning to athletic activities.