Houston Suspends Voluntary Workouts After 6 Athletes Test Positive for COVID-19

A detail view of the Houston logo is seen during an Syracuse University at University of Houston NCAA softball game, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher)

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The University of Houston has suspended all voluntary workouts after six athletes tested positive for COVID-19.  

Per an official release from the school, the suspension is effective immediately and all six players who tested positive were symptomatic and are now in isolation:

Sam Khan Jr. @skhanjr

Houston is suspending voluntary workouts after six symptomatic athletes tested positive for COVID-19. #Coogs https://t.co/ArQot3mSIM

Houston student-athletes were allowed back on campus for voluntary workouts starting on June 1. 

“The health of our student-athletes and staff will continue to be our top priority as we implement this phased approach,” athletic director Chris Pezman told Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle on May 30.

Per Duarte, the university did not test athletes who took part in workouts unless they were experiencing symptoms. 

The University of Houston announced on March 12 it was suspending classes on campus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students returned to class, either online or in an alternate format, on March 23, but athletic activities remained suspended. 

The NCAA Division I Council voted on May 20 to allow voluntary on-campus workouts for student-athletes in football and men’s and women’s basketball effective June 1. 

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