East Carolina University athletic director Jon Gilbert announced out of the 270 COVID-19 tests performed within the athletics department, 15 positive results have been confirmed, according to an email announcement sent out today to the ECU community.
“As of this morning (June 7), we have performed 270 COVID-19 tests with student-athletes, coaches and staff as part of our return-to-campus protocol. Fifteen positive results have been confirmed. All individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will self-isolate and receive daily monitoring from ECU Athletics medical staff,” Gilbert said in the announcement.
The football team is the only group that is present on campus in its entirety, Gilbert said. Men’s and women’s basketball are on campus, but neither group has its entire team on campus.
“Our administration and athletic trainers are working in conjunction with campus and local health officials to institute a set of protocols in conjunction with CDC, State of North Carolina, and UNC System guidelines that all must abide by,” Gilbert said.
Of the protocols listed in Gilbert’s email, the wearing of masks, temperature and symptom checks are all included. Gilbert addressed the state of the athletics facilities saying that building access is limited and the use of multiple locker rooms in order to maintain social distancing is in effect.
With the Pirates’ first football game inching closer, Gilbert addressed potential changes to football season on ECU’s campus that may be relevant to fans.
“It's very likely we will have capacity restrictions at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium,” Gilbert said. “Whether that be 50 percent, 25 percent or less. We are in constant communication with our campus, local and state leaders and those decisions will be made at the appropriate time. I ask for your patience and understanding because this is a fluid situation.”
Gilbert said that to this point, approximately 10,500 season tickets have been sold. He said if seating or capacity restrictions are necessary, fans may not be able to purchase single game tickets this season.