UPDATE (July 28):

Eastern Kentucky University Athletics stated in an email on Tuesday, July 28 that there are no new COVID-19 cases.

“Per protocol, individuals were voluntarily tested in June coinciding with voluntary workouts. Mandatory testing was conducted in early July for every student-athlete in anticipation of their participation in summer access, as well as for any sport-specific staff members. Individuals who are symptomatic are tested, as needed. A total of 210 tests have been conducted,” assistant athletics director for communications Kevin Britton said in an email statement to the Progress.

EKU athletes and staff members have been on campus since June.

“The numbers can change slightly day-to-day. But there are approximately 163 student-athletes and 61 staff members (on campus),” Britton said. 

With no new cases announced, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at EKU remains at 16 as of July 28.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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UPDATE (JULY 17):

Eastern Kentucky University Athletics confirmed in an email statement on Friday, July 17 that there are 10 more positive cases of COVID-19.

“After approximately 150 additional tests conducted within the past two weeks, Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Roan confirms that four Eastern Kentucky University student-athletes and six athletics staff members have tested positive for COVID-19,” assistant athletics director for communications, Kevin Britton said in an email statement to the Progress.

That brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at EKU to 16 as of July 17.

“The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff continue to be our primary concern. Per established protocols, the affected individuals were isolated, EKU’s administration worked in conjunction with the Madison County Health Department on contact tracing, and the spaces where these individuals were located were immediately cleaned by a specialty contractor in-line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines,” Britton said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Eastern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Matt Roan and Bryan Makinen, executive director of public safety, announced in an email on Thursday, July 2 that three student-athletes and three athletics staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

“The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our primary concern. We value our entire campus community's privacy and will limit information that could further identify any individual,” the email said.

According to the email, the affected individuals have been isolated and the athletics department is amending schedules as necessary for voluntary workouts.

The university has identified the spaces where these individuals were located and contracted professional cleaning.

“EKU’s administration is working in conjunction with the Madison County Health Department to trace and notify the contacts of those who received positive test results,” the email states.

Roan and Makinen emphasized the importance of adhering to social distancing, use of facial coverings, proper hand hygiene, proper cough etiquette and staying home if ill.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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