One USC football player tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday night, USC Athletics confirmed in a statement Tuesday. The player, who has not been identified, developed symptoms after traveling to Utah with the team and has been placed in quarantine.
All other test results among USC players and coaches on Monday were negative.
The player had three negative coronavirus tests within 36 hours of traveling to Salt Lake City and a fourth negative test on Saturday. The player did not access football facilities or attend practice on Sunday or Monday.
“USC Student Health, Utah Athletics and the Pac-12 have been notified,” the statement read. “The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will be notified today.”
The L.A. County Department of Public Health will conduct contact tracing to identify who has come into close contact with the player who tested positive. According to the county’s COVID-19 guidelines, those who are in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days.
This could potentially cause problems for USC, which has two football games within the next 10 days: Nov. 28 against Colorado and Dec. 4 at Washington State. The Pac-12 game cancellation policy indicates a team must have a minimum of 53 scholarship players available to participate, including seven offensive linemen, one quarterback and four defensive linemen.
Before the end of Week 4, the Pac-12 canceled seven games this season. The only teams who have avoided a cancellation are USC, Oregon and Oregon State.
Though the USC football program hadn’t had a positive case during the season, it dealt with a short postponement in late August after players on the football and water polo team tested positive. The USC women’s basketball team also paused athletic activities and quarantined all its players on Nov. 9 after the public health department conducted COVID-19 contact tracing.
Head coach Clay Helton and USC Athletics will provide updates as they receive them.