EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) -The University of Evansville Athletics say they have been notified that 13 student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19.
We are told they attended an off-campus non-university sponsored social event.
It’s the type of situation that Vanderburgh County Health Department Administrator Joe Gries says could be a challenge to prevent if students return for the fall semester.
“Within their confines on campus, they probably have pretty good control, but it’s probably when students leave campus and maybe on the weekend, where they’re going, what they’re doing. Are they social distancing? Are they going to a bar or a party where things are a little lax?” said Gries.
How things move forward on campus is ultimately up to university officials. Gries says the health department will act as a resource when needed.
“They devise those plans, we might review them and answer questions, but right now we are going to be relying on them to handle the situation,” said Gries. “If they need help, we are here to support them in any way that we can.”
Officials say as part of a gradual, phased approach to the return of student-athletes, UE granted access to campus facilities for voluntary workouts on June 22 through the guidance of the Stage 3 reopening of campus.
According to officials, contract tracing is ongoing through the Vanderburgh County Health Department.
All identified individuals will follow a mandated 14-day self-isolation period. In addition, the University tells us they suspended voluntary workouts for all student-athletes during this period.
To protect the privacy of our students who tested positive, the University of Evansville will not release the names of individual student-athletes.