Mizzou athletics reports 10 positive COVID-19 tests

Eric Blum
The Examiner
Missouri head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz, left, answers questions from the media alongside athletic director Jim Sterk on Dec. 10 at the Show-Me Club in the South End Zone facility at Memorial Stadium.

Missouri athletics has provided an update on its coronavirus testing among student-athletes, coaches and staff members.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mizzou athletics tweeted there have been 10 positive cases of COVID-19 out of 377 tests given since June 8.

Of the 10 positive tests, nine are student-athletes, while the lone other case is a staff member, a university official confirmed.

The athletic department announced June 25 there were five positive cases (four student-athletes, one staff member) out of 308 tests at that point, meaning over the past two weeks, five additional student-athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus among 69 new tests.

The past two-week period’s tests appear to have had a positive rate of 7.2%, while the previous 17 days had a positive test rate of 1.6%. The overall rate of positive tests over the past month is 2.7%.

No shutdown or change of activities has been announced by Missouri, with voluntary workouts now allowed by all varsity programs.

The statuses of the previous positive cases have not been made public.

Four out of the five originally reported positive cases were asymptomatic, the athletic department announced in late-June, but the school did not provide any details Wednesday on the five new cases.

Not every Tiger program is assembled in Columbia, with each program’s head coach deciding when to resume workouts.

The sports from which the positive tests were from have not been announced by the school.