According to Illinois State University Athletic Director Larry Lyons, an ISU Redbird football player has been diagnosed with COVID-19, as announced on Monday. The student-athlete has been moved into isolation in off-campus housing.
Lyons confirmed the news and assured that the athlete was "not living with any other student-athletes. He will isolate at home like a regular person.”
“We did 160 tests in three groups, 101 student-athletes and 59 coaches and support staff,” Lyons said. “We had one positive. It was an asymptomatic student-athlete, and that individual is isolated off campus," said Lyons.
The university began allowing student athletes participating in fall sports to return for voluntary workouts in mid-June. Before returning to campus, all athletes were tested for the virus before being allowed to participate in the workouts.