Purdue Athletics announced Purdue’s star defensive end, George Karlaftis has tested positive for COVID-19 today, and is now self isolating at his home.
First and foremost, we wish George a speedy recovery. It is hard to believe that this will not be the only positive test out of the Purdue football program, given what we have seen in the college football world with teams like Wisconsin.
Earlier in the week, it was announced that Purdue’s most recent opponent, Minnesota, also had an outbreak of COVID-19. It is also not out of the question that the virus could have been transmitted to George Karlaftis and potentially other Boilermakers during the game.
Minnesota will not practice Tuesday due to a number of presumptive positive COVID-19 tests from Monday, putting Saturday’s game against Wisconsin in doubt https://t.co/GYAVeZWATx— The Daily Gopher (@TheDailyGopher) November 24, 2020
Assuming that this is NOT a false positive test, the Boilermakers will be without Karlaftis for the next 21 days as a part of the quarantine/self isolation process along with the required cardiac screening for the heart condition myocarditis.
As the week progresses, there will be more information on the possible number of Boilermaker athletes, coaches and staff who could have been exposed or have tested positive for the virus.