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Statement from the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel

The NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel recognizes the fluidity of COVID-19 and its impact on hosting events in a public space.  The panel members believe that we need to better understand COVID-19 while continuing to work with local, state and federal health authorities such as the CDC.  The key is for all stakeholders and athletes to practice risk mitigation at all events.  At present the panel is not recommending cancellation or public spacing of athletic and related events scheduled to occur in public spaces across the United States.

COVID-19 Advisory Panel members:

  • Amesh Adalja, M.D. - Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security
  • Stephanie Chu, M.D. – Team physician, University of Colorado, Boulder; Member, NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports
  • Carlos del Rio, M.D. – Chair, Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health
  • Colleen Kraft, M.D. – Associate chief medical officer, Emory University Hospital
  • Vivek Murthy, M.D. – 19th Surgeon General of the United States; Member, NCAA Board of Governors
  • Mike Rodriguez – Senior director, U.S. Tennis Association and U.S. Open Security
  • William Schaffner, M.D. – Professor, Preventive Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center