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Former Bates College athlete in critical condition with COVID-19

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
A man enters the Peter J. Gomes Chapel at Bates College in 2016.

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Jack Allard, a former two-time All-America honorable mention as a lacrosse player at Bates College in Lewiston, is in critical condition after contracting COVID-19, according to a report in The Bates Student, the Lewiston school’s student newspaper.

The paper reports that the 2016 graduate, a native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, became ill on March 13 and was hospitalized three days later. After more than a week with the symptoms, the 25-year-old Allard has been placed in a medically induced coma and is breathing with the aid of a respirator.

He had been a patient at JFK Hospital in Edison, New Jersey, but has recently been transferred to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for what The Bates Student described as intense drug therapy.

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Allard’s mother, Genny Allard, reported that her son had been in good health and did not have any known issues that would have put him in a higher-risk category in terms of dealing with the coronavirus.

The report by The Bates Student said the Allard family is not able to be at Jack’s bedside because of the contagiousness of the virus.

Allard’s family was frustrated by its inability to get him tested for COVID-19 in a timely fashion. The Daily Voice reported Monday that the first test done was lost by the lab, which delayed being able to begin treatment. His test subsequently wasn’t processed until Saturday, five days after the initial sample was taken.

In the meantime, the family has been trying to gain approval to use an experimental drug, Remdesivir. They have enlisted the aid of Congressman Josh Gottheime, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and hospital administrators to make that happen.

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Remsdesivir is the subject of some clinical trials to test its efficacy against COVID-19 symptoms. Despite some claims by President Donald Trump that the drug could be a life-saver, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has stressed that there is not sufficient evidence in the scientific community to demonstrate the drugs would be effective against the coronavirus.

Allard works as an equities associate at Bank of America and commuted daily from his home in Metuchen, New Jersey, to Manhattan for his job.

At Bates, Allard finished as the Bobcats’ leading lacrosse scorer for three consecutive seasons (2014-2016). He was a two-time All-America honorable mention by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association after earning New England Small College Athletic Conference first-team recognition as a junior in 2015.

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