Jamaican athlete tests positive for coronavirus

COLLEGE STATION, TX – FEBRUARY 29, 2020 – Carey McLeod of the Tennessee Volunteers during Day 2 of the SEC Indoor Championship at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, TX. Photo By Maury Neipris/Tennessee Athletics

Carey McLeod, a first-time Jamaican Olympian has tested positive for COVID-19. McLeod, who competes in the long and triple jump, tested positive for the virus before he traveled, according to reports.

Athletes are required to present two negative COVID-19 tests, 96 hours and 72 hours before they fly to Japan. McLeod, was preparing documentation to fly to Japan but was grounded after his 72 hour test result came back positive.

 The Olympic COVID guidelines state that any athlete who tests positive “will not be allowed to compete/continue [their] role.” The quarantine period “will be determined by the Japanese health authorities, depending on the severity and symptoms of [the] infection.”

According to Reuters, 80 Olympics athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus so far.