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IU football pauses voluntary workouts after six positive COVID-19 tests

The Indiana football program has paused voluntary workouts as a result of six individual within the program testing positive for COVID-19.

The pause in football does not impact any of the other Indiana athletic programs currently conducting activities on campus including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, and field hockey.

In a release, Indiana described its procedures for handling positive test results.

“Per the recommendations of the IU Athletics Medical Advisory Group, each positive test results in isolation until further notice and contact tracing measures are established to detect individuals who are considered close contacts, and may have been exposed to the virus,” the release said. “These close contact individuals are also quarantined until further notice.”

Indiana had reported just four positive results in its first 299 tests prior to today’s news.

Other Big Ten football programs have paused voluntary activities, including Ohio State and Maryland.  The Buckeyes resumed workouts this week.

IU emphasized in the press release that all workouts continue to be voluntary, and no student athlete will have to sacrifice their scholarship if they choose to not participate in athletics at this time.

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