LSU football coach says ‘most of our players have caught’ coronavirus
Louisiana State University football coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday he believes a majority of the team has already caught the coronavirus.
“I think most, not all of our players, but most of our players have caught it,” Orgeron told reporters Tuesday, according to The Advocate. “So hopefully they won’t catch it again, and hopefully they’re not out for games.”
“I’m not going to say all of them,” he said. “But some players have caught it. I don’t know the percentage. Hopefully that once you catch it, you don’t get it again.”
Orgeron said Tuesday the team currently has “about three or four guys” who have the virus and that few players are in quarantine, although he did not specify a number.
The university has been reporting aggregate positive coronavirus cases since Aug. 15, when in-person classes resumed. Overall, the school has reported 754 positives in the last month and 50 positives from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13, according to the newspaper.
Orgeron has frequently called for the university’s football season to continue in public appearances. “I don’t think we can take this away from our players, take this away from our state and our country,” he said at a July roundtable where Vice President Pence was present. “We need football. Football is the lifeblood of our country.”
Over the summer, Sports Illustrated reported at least 30 players had been isolated due to either a positive test or contact with an infected person.
The coach has attributed the majority of the cases to players failing to practice social distancing in Tigerland, a nightlife districted commonly used by students. The Louisiana Department of Health said in June that more than 100 positive cases trace back to Tigerland, according to The Advocate.
Southeastern Conference policies require any player testing positive for the virus to isolate for at least 10 days and remain asymptomatic for at least 24 hours unmedicated before attending practice.