In the SEC, there are reports of at least 30 LSU players currently under quarantine because of to exposure to COVID-19. Without providing specifics, coach Ed Orgeron confirmed Tuesday that “something happened, but we should be fine.” There also are reports of multiple positive tests at Alabama (5), Auburn (3) and Mississippi State (4).
To date, UGA has not responded to written requests for the test results of its players or even how many are participating in voluntary workouts this summer. School officials said they do not intend to share that information, which has to be forwarded to local public-health authorities.
Many of Georgia’s players are staying in university housing, while others are lodging in private rental properties.
McGarity did not address player safety in his letter, which appears on the athletic department website under the heading of "McGarity's Minutes." But he did address ticket-holder's concerns about seating plans for the coming football season.
“Our goal is to be able to communicate our plan in early August,” McGarity wrote. “We want to wait as long as possible to make important decisions and ask for patience during this process. Time is on our side right now and we want to have the latest information available to inform and educate everyone on the 2020 season.”
UGA plans to conduct face-to-face instruction for fall semester, which begins Aug. 20. However, it announced Tuesday that classes will move to online-only after the Thanksgiving break. The campus otherwise will remain open.
Georgia is scheduled to open the season against Virginia on Sept. 7 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Bulldogs’ home opener is Sept. 12 against East Tennessee State.