Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch
Published 7:51 p.m. ET July 8, 2020
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The Ohio State athletic department has paused all voluntary workouts following the results of its most recent COVID-19 testing, it announced Wednesday evening.
Seven teams are affected: football, men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.
It is Ohio State’s policy to not share cumulative COVID-19 information publicly because, the university said, it could lead to the identification of individuals affected and compromise their medical privacy.
Student-athletes who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for at least 14 days and receive daily checkups from the athletic department medical staff. Student-athletes with roommates must self-isolate in a designated room on campus.
Here is the statement from the athletic department:
The Ohio State Department of Athletics has paused all voluntary workouts on campus following the results of its most recent COVID-19 testing of student-athletes. Seven teams’ workouts are affected by this pause: men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.
The university is not sharing cumulative COVID-19 information publicly as it could lead to the identification of specific individuals and compromise their medical privacy.
If a student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19, he/she will self-isolate for at least 14 days and receive daily check-ups from the Department of Athletics medical staff. Student-athletes living alone will isolate in their residence. If they have roommates, they will self-isolate in a designated room on campus.
The health and safety of our student-athletes is always our top priority.
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The University of North Carolina announced an outbreak of COVID-19 among its athletic department in Chapel Hill on Wednesday that will halt the football team’s voluntary off-season workouts, according to The News & Observer in Raleigh.
In a press release, the school said it conducted 429 tests of athletes, coaches and staff and 37 tests came back positive for the coronavirus. The Orange County Health Department has identified the situation as a cluster, which means there are five or more people who are positive for COVID-19.
The football team’s workouts, which are led by players without coaches present per NCAA rules, will be paused at least for one week.