USC football player tests positive for COVID-19, coach Clay Helton says

A USC footballer tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Trojan coach Clay Helton said on Tuesday. The unnamed player traveled with the team to Salt Lake City for Saturday’s game against Utah, but did not participate in team activities on Sunday or Monday.

The individual was symptomatic and was quarantined.

USC Student Health, the Utah athletic department and the Pac-12 have been notified and the Los Angeles County Department of Health would be notified later Tuesday. Helton said more information would be provided on additional test results and contact tracking.

The player tested negative three times over a period of 36 hours, including before Saturday’s game. No other Trojan tested positive, according to Helton, who also said he would have a virtual meeting with the team later Tuesday to discuss the positive test.

No. 19 USC is scheduled to host the unranked Colorado at the Colosseum on Saturday. LA County guidelines ask anyone who comes into contact with a person who tests positive to be isolated for 14 days. In addition to Saturday’s game, USC will also play in Washington State on December 4.

“We have been here since July 6 and I have to thank their discipline and their sacrifice that they have brought, as well as our university, our athletic and university leaders, for the resources they have given us,” said Helton. “From the housing to the food to the protocols to how we travel and to the hotels, everything is just so first-class and done the right way. We test so often, but it provides the most accurate and current information to keep us as safe as possible. I want to thank the university leaders. ”

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