As a routine part of our #FortifyFranklin plan and consistent with NCAA guidelines, weekly surveillance testing of student-athletes began last week with the initiation of practice activities. Last week’s testing of 46 student-athletes revealed one positive COVID-19 case.
This week’s test results received last evening revealed 15 positive COVID-19 results out of 73 student-athletes tested.
This higher rate of positivity is concerning and unusual, especially compared with the sample of a week prior.
In order to fully assess the extent of that phenomenon, we need to verify the accuracy of that particular testing, obtain test results from a wider sample of the student population, and have time to analyze that data in order to make appropriate decisions to ensure the safety of our community.
To that end, as an abundance of caution, we are taking the following steps for the academic week of October 5-9, 2020. All in-person athletic activity will be suspended for the week, effective this afternoon. Classes next week will be delivered remotely only, and co-curricular activities will likewise be exclusively virtual. Students are welcome to remain on campus, but monitoring of appropriate mitigation strategies will be heightened in all settings.
Kerry N. Prather
Franklin College President
POSTED Oct 2, 2020