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No positive cases among Wyoming athletics' first wave of COVID-19 testing
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No positive cases among Wyoming athletics' first wave of COVID-19 testing

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The University of Wyoming's High Altitude Performance Center is pictured Oct. 19, 2019, adjacent to War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. Coronavirus tests of more than 160 students and staff all came back negative, the school said.

LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming has received the first wave of COVID-19 test results from its student-athletes and coaches.

Unlike some schools around the country, all of the results are negative.

The school announced Wednesday night it has received results for 166 student-athletes and select staffers who have been tested for the novel coronavirus so far, and none of them were positive. The news comes less than a week after some football and men’s and women’s basketball players were tested as part of the school’s seven-phase plan to gradually get all of its student-athletes back on campus.

The first phase saw roughly 80 student-athletes return to town on May 31 to begin a 14-day quarantine before starting voluntary on-campus workouts. Some athletic department staffers, including UW’s football coaches, were tested before then. Student-athletes were administered tests four days later.

Student-athletes in the second phase are scheduled to return to campus next week.

All student-athletes are being tested upon their return to campus. Should any of them test positive in the future, UW deputy athletic director Matt Whisenant recently told the Star-Tribune that those athletes will follow guidelines put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which would include another period of isolation and retesting.

UW is one of the few schools that has yet to report any positive cases within its athletic programs since getting their athletes back on campus. Boise State, Alabama, Auburn, Iowa, Texas Tech, Florida State and Oklahoma State are just some of the institutions nationwide that have already reported positive cases.

As of Thursday afternoon, Wyoming has 793 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 622 confirmed recoveries. Eighteen state residents have died as a result of contracting COVID-19.

Follow UW athletics beat writer Davis Potter on Twitter at @DavisEPotter.

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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