23 Clemson Football Players Test Positive for Coronavirus, Though None Have Been Hospitalized

The players will have to isolate for two weeks in order to contain the virus before it spreads to the rest of the team

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The Clemson Tigers react after being defeated 42-25 by LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship game on January 13, 2020.
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As college football teams around the country prepare for the upcoming season, several schools are dealing with an inevitability: positive coronavirus tests. After both Texas and Houston reported a handful of coronavirus test results over the last two weeks, Clemson has now announced that 28 student-athletes and staff on its athletic teams have tested positive.

Though the school didn’t specify what teams were affected, that includes 23 players on the Tigers’ football team, according to The Athletic. Those players will now self-isolate for 10 days, with an extra three days required with no symptoms, before they will be allowed to train with the team again.

The 23 players makes Clemson the school with the most positive tests in the country, and the news serves as a reminder that the pandemic is still raging, particularly in states that opened back up earlier than others. South Carolina, where the school is based, has had a total of 22,608 tests, and the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control is still urging people to wear masks when going out.

Though The Athletic mentions that there was a protest at the school against racial injustice this week, there have been no reports that link a rise in coronavirus cases to protests, particularly in those that featured people wearing masks, as the Clemson demonstration did. Members of the football team were photographed wearing masks at the protest, which saw about 3,000 people join up at the campus.

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