CLEMSON — Twenty-three Clemson football players have tested positive for the coronavirus this month, according to a school spokesperson.
In total, Clemson Athletics student-athletes and staff have completed 315 tests for the virus in the month of June. There were 28 positive tests, with two coming from football staff members and three from players from other sports, according to a spokesperson.
“Clemson has notified and isolated each of those individuals who tested positive for a period of at least 10 days,” a spokesperson wrote in a statement. “Close known contacts have also been asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days. Most of the total cases have been asymptomatic, and none have required hospitalization.
"As community transmission continues throughout the area, it is advised that individuals monitor for symptoms.”
As the number of cases mount across the college landscape, offering the chance for herd immunity on entire teams by the fall, programs are still taking precautions. Kansas State suspended voluntary workouts for two weeks after 13 positives, Houston halted activities after six positives and LSU reportedly has 30 or more players in quarantine.
Clemson's revelation comes as the positive test rate in the state of South Carolina continues to rise amid expanded testing.
Clemson football and men’s and women’s basketball athletes returned to campus June 8 for voluntary workouts.
Ohio State football players and their parents were asked to sign acknowledgement of risk waivers for the coronavirus before returning to workouts. Two parents of Clemson players told The Post and Courier they are not aware of such a waiver existing for Clemson.
The NCAA Division I Council this past Wednesday approved a four-phase plan that recommends coaches begin interacting with players July 13 with training camp starting Aug. 7.
If the college football season does start on time, there are no guidelines in place yet for possible fan attendance.
Clemson is set to open the season Sept. 3 at Georgia Tech before hosting Louisville on Sept. 12.
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