Texas Tech reported 21 active cases of COVID-19 within its football program on Tuesday. However the Red Raiders will continue to practice without those who tested positive as they were placed in self isolation.
The Red Raiders have been testing players weekly since late July when walk-through practices began and will be moving to testing three times per week as the Big 12 requirements demand for the high-risk sports. Dating back to mid-June, Texas Tech’s athletic department has performed a total of 1,382 tests with a total of 64 positive cases. 24 of those 64 cases remain active with 21 in the football program.
Under Texas Tech’s safety protocols, any student-athlete that has tested positive for COVID-19 has been immediately placed in self isolation. According to the release from the school, affected student-athletes receive daily monitoring and care from Texas Tech’s sports medicine staff with additional oversight by the City of Lubbock Health Department.
All positive tests have been reported to the City of Lubbock Health Department and contact tracing has been implemented, as is required by local officials. The school said its sports medicine staff “continues to monitor the health and well-being of all its student-athletes through daily assessment of symptoms and temperature checks upon entry to all athletic facilities.”
The Red Raiders are coming off a 4-8 season, the first under Matt Wells, but there is reason for optimism in Lubbock heading into Year 2.
Texas Tech opens up the 2020 college football season against Houston Baptist on September 12th.
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