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Iowa State football has just four positive tests, while other programs see large COVID-19 outbreaks

Iowa State’s athletic department coronavirus mitigation plan continues to be a major positive, while football programs throughout the country announce significant COVID-19 tests.

In a letter to fans Thursday, athletics director Jamie Pollard wrote that only four out of 160 players and staff had tested positive during the voluntary workout phase of football’s return.

That’s significant, considering Kansas State and Houston paused football activities. According reddit.com’s unofficial list of positive test totals, Clemson has 23 positive football COVID tests, LSU has 30 and Texas has 11. It’s an impartial list, because not everyone reports positive tests. The website lists Iowa with nine positive football tests.

“The diligent commitment to safety by our medical staffs has been instrumental to our low numbers,” Pollard wrote in his letter to fans. “The next hurdle will be when the football team begins team activities on July 13.

“Given that Story County has experienced a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases (471 total cases since June 1), we are very pleased by the commitment that our student-athletes, coaches and medical staff have made to mitigating COVID-19 infections. We recognize the sacrifices being made by our student-athletes to adhere to mitigation guidelines is probably greater than many other residents in Story County.”

Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard talks to ISU fans gathered for the Cyclone Spirit Rally on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in San Antonio. Iowa State takes on Washington State in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Friday.

Pollard’s letter adds that all available tickets have been sold for the 2020 season, which will include 50% capacity in Jack Trice Stadium.

Also, Pollard said:

  • Tailgating time will be shortened.
  • A face covering will be required to enter the stadium.
  • Tickets will be digital.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be available.
  • Stadium entrance procedures will change.
  • Concession stands will be modified.