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USC Athletics Statement on Football: Nov. 26

Nov 26, 2020

The USC football team will conduct its activities virtually today, Thursday, Nov. 26, in preparation for its home game on Saturday against Colorado as a precautionary measure because a player is currently being tested due to symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection.

Earlier this week, two USC players tested positive and were isolated, and five other players were quarantined after being identified through contact tracing.

An update on Saturday's game will be provided once further testing results are received. USC continues to keep the health and safety of its players, coaches and staff as the utmost priority.

Nov. 25 Statement:The USC football team has been cleared to resume practice today in preparation for Saturday's home game against Colorado.

In response to the announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 24, that a single USC football player tested positive for COVID-19, USC conducted contact tracing and performed a full round of PCR testing on all football student-athletes, coaches and staff.

The player who tested positive is symptomatic and remains in isolation. One additional player has since tested positive and is in isolation, but he is asymptomatic. ​Five other players have been quarantined after being identified through the contact tracing process.

The decision to resume practice was made in consultation with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and USC Student Health. USC will continue to test and monitor its players and staff daily, as it has done all season.

The status of Saturday's game is unchanged at this time, pending further testing this week.

Original statement: "We were informed last night that a single football player tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Nov 23. That individual had traveled with us to Utah for Saturday's football game, and he had tested negative three times within 36 hours of travel and again on game day. All other test results on Monday were negative, and the individual was not present in the facilities or at practice on Sunday or Monday. The individual is symptomatic and has been quarantined. USC Student Health, Utah Athletics and the Pac-12 have been notified, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will be notified today. When more information is available, including additional test results, contact tracing and public health guidance, we will provide it."