SI.com’s Ross Dellenger has a draft of the medical document the Power 5 conferences have prepared to add uniformity to virus testing protocols and response procedures. I’ve read his piece and all I can think is that it’s going to be very tough for a school to play football uninterrupted this year.
- College teams will be required to test football players within 72 hours of games using the standard PCR test.
- Those who test positive must isolate for at least 10 days from their onset of symptoms/positive test and until they’ve gone at least three days without symptoms.
- Those found to have had “high risk” contact with people who have tested positive will quarantine for 14 days. This 14-day quarantine is mandatory. Even if those quarantined test negative for the virus, they must still complete the 14 days without competition.
That’s not even the toughest part. This is:
The document details several conditions that would result in a school discontinuing competition and/or complete seasons: 1) lack of ability to isolate new positive cases or quarantine high-contact risk cases on campus; 2) inability to perform weekly testing; 3) campus-wide or local community test rates that are considered unsafe by local public health officials; 4) inability to perform adequate contact tracing; 5) local public health officials state that there is an inability for the hospital infrastructure to accommodate a surge in COVID-related hospitalizations.
“Nos. 3 and 5 are a great concern for athletic administrators.” No shit, Sherlock.