The University of Alabama released a checklist of its Covid-19 protocols on Tuesday, outlining procedures in place as student-athletes return to the UA athletic facilities to prepare for the 2020-21 seasons.
The checklist came in response to media inquiries for numerous outlets, including The Tuscaloosa News and AL.com among others.
UA did not release specifics on the number of positive tests, citing federal privacy laws. However, the UA release stated that “we expect to have positive COVID-19 cases among our student-athletes and have plans in place to appropriately handle those situations.”
Precautions cited as UA brings athletes back to campus include:
- Student-athletes are being brought back to campus in measured phases, which began with football on June 1 (in preparation for June 8 voluntary workout start date), followed by men’s and women’s basketball on June 8 (in preparation for June 15 voluntary workout start date).
• Extensive testing has been and continues to be conducted in accordance with guidance from The University of Alabama System Task Force, UA President’s Advisory Committee and relevant government agencies to promote a safe environment for student-athletes and staff. This includes testing all student-athletes as they arrived on campus. Should a student-athlete test positive for COVID-19, resources and protocols are in place to ensure they receive the best available care, which includes appropriate space to isolate from other student-athletes.
In addition to testing, a number of other mitigation and prevention measures are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. These include, among others, the following:
1. Required training for student-athletes about prevention/mitigation measures (e.g. hand washing, social distancing, etc.)
2. Daily screenings of all student-athletes for possible COVID-19 symptoms
3. Limiting workout groups to 20 student-athletes or less and implementing physical distancing in all workout facilities
- No sharing of towels (using disposable towels) or water bottles. 5. Masks being worn in facilities
“In sum, the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff is the top priority,” the release concluded. “While privacy laws prevent us from sharing personal health information about our student-athletes, we expect to have positive COVID-19 cases among our student-athletes and have plans in place to appropriately handle those situations.”
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