The United Soccer League has announced that 1,488 COVID-19 tests were administered to players and staff from the 35 USL Championship clubs between Aug. 3-10 with 13 individuals testing positive from seven teams.
Those players or club staff who have tested positive have self-isolated in line with the guidelines provided by the USL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities. Anyone identified via contact tracing will also be quarantined and tested.
The league said 441 tests were administered to players and club staff from the 11 League One clubs between Aug. 3-10 with six individuals testing positive from five clubs.
Those players or staff who have tested positive will self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the USL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities. Anyone identified via contact tracing will also be quarantined and tested.
What happens after a positive test?
The individual will be immediately isolated and receive follow-up care and treatment from team physicians and infectious disease experts.
If appropriate (at the discretion of the team physician), the individual may be tested again to ensure the initial test was not a false positive.
All indoor areas in which the individual has been will be closed for 24 hours for cleaning and disinfection.
The individual’s club, in consultation with the state or local health department, will conduct a contact tracing investigation.
Anyone identified in the contact tracing investigation will immediately quarantine and be tested one or more times on a schedule to be determined by the team physician.
The USL will make a central announcement of COVID-19 test results on a weekly basis to continue to support competition integrity and transparency.
To protect the privacy of those involved, no specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the league.