Tech has set up its workout program in three phases, the first began June 15 and the second started Monday. In the first phase, returning athletes in all sports living in metro Atlanta were permitted to take part and commuted from their home residences. About 75 athletes were expected in that group.
In the second phase, all returning athletes for football and men’s and women’s basketball were invited to take part as Tech’s housing department opened up on-campus housing to accommodate athletes from outside the Atlanta area. Incoming freshmen on the football team are expected to arrive this weekend.
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The positive tests follow the pattern of college athletes being found to be infected with the coronavirus as they have returned to campus since the beginning of June, though in significantly smaller numbers than some. Most notably, Clemson’s football team has had 37 reported cases of COVID-19.
As of Thursday afternoon, there have been 72 confirmed cases of staff, employees and students testing positive for COVID-19, according to an online report from Tech’s health-services department.
All three athletic department staff who tested positive were reported Sunday. The school’s COVID-19 report stated that two work in the Edge Center — the athletic department headquarters — and one works in the Zelnak Basketball Center.
Of the two who work in the Edge Center, one works alone “and did not have contact with others,” according to the report, and was last on campus June 24. The other’s affected co-workers “are being notified as consistent with Georgia Department of Public Health Protocols.” That staff member was last on campus Friday.
The employee who works in Zelnak, where Tech’s basketball teams train, was last on campus June 9.
Athletic department staff ranges from administrators to coaches to team-specific employees to internal staff handling a variety of roles such as equipment, facilities management, business and marketing.