JONESBORO, Ark. — Seven Arkansas State athletes tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days, chancellor Kelly Damphousse announced Thursday.

The seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic. They learned of the positive results Wednesday night.

The athletes who tested positive will self-isolate for 14 days. Damphousse said contact tracing has begun, and anyone who has been exposed to any of the seven athletes will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

“This is a day that we knew would come, not just at A-State, but for colleges and universities across America,” Damphousse said.

An Arkansas State spokesman said he didn’t know how many athletes have been tested since they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts.

Oklahoma State and Marshall have announced they’ve each had three athletes test positive. Mississippi also has had an athlete and staff member test positive. A student worker in the Iowa State athletic department also has COVID-19.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal. The vast majority of people recover.

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