Report: Ohio State suspends workouts after multiple players test positive for COVID-19
Ohio State University announced that all voluntary workouts have been suspended for 1 week due to multiple football players testing positive for COVID-19, according to 247Sports.com. Workouts will be suspended through July 15 after the announcement.
Ohio State reported back to campus on June 8 for voluntary workouts, and as of last week, no players had tested positive for the virus. The Buckeyes became the 9th FBS program to suspend voluntary workouts. North Carolina also became the 8th Wednesday.
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.
With the 2020 season imminent, decisions will need to be made in the near-future on what the season looks like. A Big Ten head coach recently said that he expects a 10-game, all-conference season for 2020.