Athletes are taking weekly antigen testing

REED CITY – Spring teams have been taking the once-a-week antigen test as required by the MSHAA for all spring sports to see if any player has traces of COVID.

The MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl sent a note to member schools last Thursday on an update from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

“The key change is an individual entry is no longer required for NEGATIVE antigen tests,” Uyl wrote in his memo. “Within 24 hours of testing, the total number of antigen tests must be reported online but the only individual entries required are those POSITIVE tests. The positive tests must be reported individually within four hours of the positive. Simply put, this will be a significant ‘time saver’ for schools and athletic department personnel.”

The previous week, the MHSAA sent out this memo:

“Beginning on April 2, schools must complete an antigen test of athletes one time per week. The first test must be completed between April 2-8, the second test between April 9-15, 16-22 (and so on). There is no requirement that the antigen tests be completed before specific practices or contests; the order simply requires a weekly test of one time per week and schools have the flexibility to schedule the tests at any time within each week. This applies to all high school and middle school teams with participants between the ages of 13-19."