Michigan athletics has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases.
In the latest round of tests administered to 904 student-athletes, coaches and staff members over the past seven days, the school reported 12 positive results – triple the amount recorded the previous week.
The news comes less than a week after Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh touted his program’s success with managing the threat posed by the novel coronavirus, as he campaigned for the reinstatement of football following the Big Ten’s Aug. 11 postponement of fall sports.
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Last Saturday, Harbaugh told reporters the football team had a streak of “close to 1,000 tests” that came back negative.
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He also noted Daryl Conway, U-M’s senior associate athletic director and chief health and welfare officer, has approved of the football program’s COVID-19 protocols.
“Daryl Conway has been down to our facility multiple times and he thinks what we’re doing is a real model for everybody,” Harbaugh said at a parent-led protest that began outside Michigan Stadium. “That’s a testament to the players and to the staff, everybody following the protocols.”
The numbers revealed by Harbaugh aren’t official; the university doesn’t tabulate the results by each sport.
But so far, 53 Michigan student-athletes were found to be infected with COVID-19 out of the 3,966 tested since their return to campus for voluntary workouts in mid-June. During that same period, five staff members tested positive out of the 619 tested.
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“We get tested once a week and they take our temperature when we come into the building,” offensive tackle Ryan Hayes said recently. “I want to play, but we’ll see what happens.”