Louisiana State University football coach Ed Orgeron revealed on Tuesday that ‘most’ of the team had already captured the novel coronovirus.
“I think not all of our players – but most of our players – have caught it,” Orgeron said during a teleconference on Tuesday. “So, I think hopefully they won’t catch it again and hopefully they won’t be out for the games.”
“I’m not going to say them all,” he continued when asked for clarification. “But some players have caught it. I don’t know the percentage. Hopefully, once you catch it, you don’t get it again.”
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Orgeron said the team currently has “about three or four people” who have the virus and some players were in quarantine – although they did not specify an exact number.
He said all but two or three offensive linemen missed practice two weeks ago due to testing.
“Maybe we were better than all the camps going into the season, obviously we have to be really careful,” Orgeron said. “Our people feel good.”
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The university began reporting total positive coronaviruses on August 15, when students began returning to campus. Since then, the school has confirmed more than 750 COVID-19 cases, with 50 positive cases from September 11 to September 13.
Sports Illustrated reported earlier this summer that at least 30 members of the team had been separated because they either tested positive for COVID-19 or had contact with at least one infected person .
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The Tigers, ranked fifth in the nation, aim to defend their title against Mississippi State at home on September 26, opening the season.