Saturday, October 10, 2020

HSU: No Confirmed COVID Cases in San Jose Football Entourage

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None of the San Jose State University football team members who are living and practicing at Humboldt State University came back positive for COVID-19 in three rounds of testing to date, including right before their arrival in Arcata and within 72 hours of setting foot on campus, according to a news release.

A third round of testing was recently completed.

“Testing will continue weekly as long as SJSU remains on campus,” the HSU release states. “The extent of the stay is unknown at this time, as SJSU is working with Santa Clara County Public Health on a plan to return.”

University officials announced Sept. 30 that the campus would be "partnering" with its California State University sister campus to the south to bring the Spartans to town because the team cannot currently conduct practices at home in Santa Clara County due to COVID restrictions there.

Read more about the arrangement and responses from health officials in the story, “Their Success is Our Success,” from this week’s edition by clicking here.

The 135-member SJSU entourage includes players, coaches and staff. According to the release, SJSU students are not supposed to leave the campus “unsupervised.”

Read the full HSU release below:

As the San José State University football team continues to live and practice on campus, there have been concerns raised by the campus community about health, safety, and Redwood Bowl access.

SJSU’s team—players, coaches, and staff—were all tested 48 hours prior to arriving at HSU, and again within 72 hours of arriving. Another round of testing has been completed and there have been no positive tests.

SJSU continues to test their student-athletes at a level that is above and beyond requirements and what many other Division 1 programs are doing.

The Mountain West conference — which SJSU is a part of — will be requiring more weekly testing as the teams get closer to playing games.

Testing will continue weekly as long as SJSU remains on campus. The extent of the stay is unknown at this time, as SJSU is working with Santa Clara County Public Health on a plan to return.

The SJSU coaching staff has worked closely with HSU to address any issues that have come up related to student-athletes, and continues to reinforce the safety of the entire campus community, including SJSU football. An infection in the team could jeopardize their season, and they are committed to safety protocols.

There has been confusion about SJSU’s “bubble.” Here’s how that bubble is defined:

Since July, the entire team has been quarantining together and limiting contact with anyone not involved with the team. The team is allowed to walk on campus between the facilities they use following the campus Social Responsibility Commitment. The team also enacted a curfew.

SJSU’s team of approximately 135 players, coaches, and staff are staying in HSU residence halls that have previously been unused this semester. The halls are separate from those where HSU students are currently living. Dining will continue to be provided to the team in the residence hall to further limit team interaction with students, faculty, and staff.

As was the case even before the pandemic, Redwood Bowl will remain closed during intercollegiate athletics practices but, at this time, students, faculty, and staff may use the track at Redwood Bowl from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m Monday - Friday, and 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. on the weekends beginning Monday, Oct. 12. Redwood Bowl and the rest of campus are currently closed to the general public.

The football team has been accessing the Student Recreation Center outside its current open hours, so HSU student access to the SRC has not been limited. SRC is sanitized between SJSU and HSU student access, and students who visit the SRC will get tags to leave on the equipment they use which will be disinfected by staff after use. In addition, the team may visit the Campus Marketplace to buy items they need during their stay on campus. They are expected to wear face coverings and follow social distancing rules.

Otherwise, no SJSU student-athletes are allowed to leave campus unsupervised.

If you see concerning behavior by any student—HSU or SJSU—please report it to the Dean of Students Office as soon, and with as much information, as possible: [email protected] or 707-826-3504. Please remember that the SJSU team members are our guests as well as fellow students and employees within the CSU system. It’s everyone’s responsibility to engage in safe practices during the pandemic, as well as our responsibility to welcome our peers with kindness and respect.
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