Marc Weiszer raises a good point in this story. With the wait to get results for a COVID-19 test in Georgia nowadays running as much or more than two weeks, how can the football program meet the proposed P5 testing protocols?
Test results for the site in Athens operated by the Northeast Health District or its mobile unit typically take seven to 10 business days, Clarke County Health Department clinic manager Sarah Peck said Thursday.
Against that backdrop, the Georgia football team is preparing for a possible season where increased testing and timely results will be needed.
UGA has declined to provide answers about the frequency with which it is testing athletes and the turnaround time to get results. Athletic director Greg McGarity has deferred to longtime director of sports medicine Ron Courson for details including if players will be tested weekly once full contact practices begin, but Courson has not been made available to speak about COVID-19 related matters to the media since the pandemic began.
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
And if you simply allow the program to access testing resources on a satisfactory level to meet those protocols, while not doing anything to improve the general state of affairs, that raises a PR problem.
Ray, who spoke to UGA’s Courson about the issues regarding COVID-19 during the course of conference calls as part of the NCAA advisory panel, said he thinks there is a sensitivity within athletic departments about their place in communities that surround them.
“I don’t think they want to be accused,” he said, “of taking the right to healthcare away from anyone because they want to have sports.”
Sounds like this is going well.