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UK Athletics takes phased approach in student-athletes' return to activity

According to UK Athletics, they are following recommendations from the SEC and university.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky Athletics program has completed the initial screening process for the football team, and they are continuing with the phased approach to return student-athletes to activity.

UK Athletics provided their protocols for all student-athletes returning to activity:

  • An initial screening process for each student-athlete prior to beginning voluntary activities that includes antibody testing
  • Daily student-athlete and staff screening prior to entering a facility, including temperature checks and completion of a COVID-19 symptom questionnaire
  • Acknowledgement of vulnerable populations for both student-athletes and staff and following recommended accommodations and restrictions
  • Proactive education on COVID-19 best practices
  • Establishment of single entry and exit procedures and securing other doors to minimize facility use
  • Providing personal protective equipment for student-athletes and staff and setting rules for when masks must be worn

Three groups of football student-athletes completed the initial screen process and were cleared  to participate in voluntary workouts. Of 106 people tested, antibody testing showed six had previously been infected with coronavirus. Those six students athletes were evaluated and cleared to participate.

During the last week of June, the volleyball team and men's basketball team will also be returning to activity after an initial screening process.

In July, the women’s soccer, men’s soccer and women’s basketball teams are expected to return to activity.

According to UK Athletics, they are following recommendations from the SEC and university, and they are monitoring the COVID-19 situation.

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