One non-student-athlete member of Gonzaga basketball’s journey celebration examined optimistic Wednesday for COVID-19 and two different non-student-athletes recognized by contact tracing are in isolation in separate Fort Myers, Florida, resort rooms.
The medical staffs from all 4 colleges – Gonzaga, Kansas, Auburn and St. Joseph’s – on the Fort Myers Tip-Off deemed right this moment’s season-opening video games shall be performed as scheduled, based on a launch from match officers.
No. 1 Gonzaga faces No. 6 Kansas at 10:30 a.m. PT, adopted by Auburn taking over St. Joseph’s.
“It’s unlucky that we had a optimistic take a look at, however at similar time we all know that our employees and our student-athletes have continued to observe the entire security protocols,” Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth stated. “We’re assured within the Florida Division of Well being that each one of our student-athletes and coaches are secure to proceed with this sport with all the protection protocols in place.
“We’re assured we’re not going to be placing a student-athlete or coach, anybody from Kansas or anybody concerned within the sport in danger. All the different exams (besides one optimistic with a non-student-athlete within the journey celebration) had been unfavourable. We are going to proceed to observe the entire Florida Division of Well being protocols.”
The optimistic take a look at consequence got here after 112 PCR exams had been administered Wednesday morning to each member of all 4 colleges’ journey events. Tourney organizers then contacted the Florida Division of Well being to independently conduct contact tracing measures that recognized two extra members of GU’s journey celebration.
These two had examined unfavourable however they’re required to isolate of their resort rooms below the supervision of Gonzaga’s medical employees.
The 4 groups weren’t sure the video games could be performed because the contact tracing required a number of hours to finish. It was later decided by the 4 packages’ medical staffs, in session with the Florida Division of Well being, that right this moment’s video games might proceed, Roth stated.
It wasn’t instantly recognized if the three members of Gonzaga’s journey celebration will be capable to journey after the match or be required to quarantine in Fort Myers.
“They’re now below the route and authority of well being district there,” Roth stated. “That dedication shall be primarily based on the Florida officers. Most definitely they are going to be spending just a little time in Florida and received’t journey with the workforce for certain.”
Gonzaga’s journey celebration traveled by constitution on Monday to Florida.