3/28: Athletics reports case of COVID-19

A staff member from the Divison of Athletics and Recreation has tested positive for COVID-19, Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt said Saturday in a memo to staff.

The individual is currently under quarantine and being cared for at a local hospital and is doing well, Alnutt said, adding that the department has been in contact with the individual and their family to offer support and best wishes for a full recovery.

There was limited exposure to others within the division, based on the timing of when this individual was last in Athletics facilities.

“Please know that the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is of utmost importance to us and that we are working closely with the county Department of Health to take steps to reduce the risk of spread to others,” Alnutt said.

“These include contacting directly anyone identified as having had close contact with this individual to provide guidance on additional precautions, and performing a deep cleaning of impacted areas within Alumni Arena.”

Division of Athletics and Recreation employees have been reminded to self-monitor their health closely for the next 14 days, including checking their temperature twice daily while monitoring for cough and/or shortness of breath.