Florida announces pause of all team activities following positive COVID tests
One day after the Vanderbilt-Missouri game was postponed due to the Commodores not have the required number of scholarship players available to play on Saturday, Florida has announced it has paused all team activities following five positive COVID cases in Gainesville.
Here is the statement issued by Florida AD Scott Stricklin on Tuesday:
The University of Florida football team has experienced an increase in positive COVID tests among players this week. Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon.
Head coach Dan Mullen has been in communication with football players and their parents, and I have had conversations with the Southeastern Conference office, last week’s opponent Texas A&M, and this week’s opponent LSU.
These circumstances will be re-evaluated by UF Health and the athletic department’s sports medicine staff Wednesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, Florida shared the updated number of COVID positives for the team, which placed the number at six for the month of October.
Since Football Student-Athletes Returned to Campus on May 26
Total Tests on Campus: 1796
Total Positives on Campus: 37
Total Tests for October: 523
Total Positives for October: 6
This number is significant due to the fact last week that number was at just one positive for the month of October.
Florida is scheduled to host LSU on Saturday.