Clemson announced Friday that 14 football players tested positive for COVID-19 this week, bringing the program's running tally reportedly to 37 a week after 23 players tested positive upon returning to campus last week. The 14 additional positive cases are part of 19 new cases it reported this week for all athletes. It did not identify which other sports had been affected.
In total, Clemson's reporting shows 290 tests have been conducted among student-athletes, and 43 have returned positive results. 18 of the 43 are still classified as "active" cases.
"Through June 26, there have been no hospitalizations for any individual within Clemson Athletics related to COVID-19, and approximately half of the cases have been asymptomatic," Clemson reported in a statement. Those who have tested positive are being isolated for a period of at least 10 days, and known close contacts are being asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days. They are also disqualified from participating in voluntary activities during that period.
Clemson began its return to campus on June 1, and positive results were expected among players and staffers alike. Between the two groups, 430 tests have been conducted, with the staff yielding only four positive tests to date.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 120,000 Americans in recent months. South Carolina's Department of Health has reported 692 deaths in its state, and confirmed more than 30,000 positive cases.