As players begin reporting back to campus, Kansas State has added four more cases of COVID-19 to its roster.
On Tuesday, the K-State athletic department confirmed an earlier report from GoPowercat.com that two players had tested positive for COVID-19. Then on Wednesday morning, the Manhattan Mercury reported that four more football players have tested positive for the virus.
K-State said in a statement, “All student-athletes are required to follow the department’s return-to-campus policy which includes a 7-day stay-at-home recommendation and quarantine upon arrival in Manhattan and prior to testing. Under this protocol, student-athletes are not allowed inside any department facilities nor can they participate in any voluntary or required team activities until they have received a negative test result.”
Manhattan public information officer Vivienne Uccello told The Mercury Wednesday morning that of six new cases in Riley County, four were K-State football players. The report added that all six players contracted the coronavirus in other states and brought it back to Manhattan with them.
While the university did not say which sports the athletes played when the made the initial announcement on Tuesday, university Athletic Director Gene Taylor said they were prepared for positive tests based on what other college football departments are seeing.
Also, football players are the only athletes permitted to be in town until July 1, when other fall sport athletes can return to campus.
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