Illini Basketball

June update: Bringing the Covid back

Here, pasted in its entirety, is today’s email from the DIA regarding student-athletes returning to campus.


A note to media covering Illinois Athletics,

Today, select members of the University of Illinois football team will begin arriving in Champaign, beginning a process for the safe return of all Fighting Illini student-athletes to campus over the coming months.

The return plan, which we shared with you on May 22, opens with robust COVID-19 testing and initial quarantining for all student-athletes before they are clear to begin voluntary activities. In addition, all staff members who will interact regularly with the student-athletes will undergo testing before they are approved to return to their offices. Student-athletes and staff will be retested frequently through the summer and into the new academic year.

As we have seen in media reports from other schools across the country, it is possible, even likely, that some student-athletes will test positive for COVID-19 upon their return to campus. In the event of positive tests, now or in the future, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) officials have developed comprehensive arrangements for extended quarantine and care. 

Due to privacy laws, throughout the summer and the new academic year, the Illinois Athletics Communication staff will not share or confirm any information regarding the health of student-athletes or DIA staff members as it pertains to COVID-19.