Student-athlete testing revealed a 15 percent positivity rate

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(Illustration by Abigail Compton | Collegian Media Group)

Earlier this week, the football team started its summer access program, and other programs at Kansas State continue their voluntary workouts.

The summer football access program includes weight programs, film and other preparatory team activities.

Since K-State Athletics began testing last month, 29 student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19, according to an emailed press release. A total of 190 athletes have been tested across five sports, making a positivity rate of about 15 percent.

Two student athletes remain in isolation with active cases as of Monday afternoon.

Senior defensive back Jonathan Alexander revealed on Twitter on Monday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Yes, I tested positive for COVID-19,” he tweeted. “I don’t have any symptoms though and if you know me you know I keep my room clean and my body clean so I believe I’ll be straight. Thanks for all prayers and the love!”

As of Monday, the Riley County Health Department had yet to declare K-State Athletics as a closed outbreak site, as it takes 28 days — two viral incubation periods — without a new positive case to reach that declaration, Andrew Adams, emergency preparedness coordinator for public health, said previously. Adams did say that the outbreak had nearly run its course.

Less than a week after they began, voluntary football workouts were put on hiatus for at least two weeks in June after 14 student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19.

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