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IU men’s basketball and other programs pause voluntary workouts after 14 positive COVID-19 tests

IU Athletics announced on Friday afternoon that men’s basketball, field hockey, men’s soccer and wrestling have paused voluntary workouts after 14 positive COVID-19 tests this week.

Men’s basketball head coach Archie Miller released a brief statement.

“Our athletic program is following strict protocols during these unprecedented times and we strongly support our medical staff as we try and mitigate this issue,” said Miller. “It’s clear that the health and safety of everyone in our program, athletic program , and University community will remain as our top priority.”

Overall, IU Athletics has administered 1.417 COVID-19 tests since June 8, with 63 positive results.

The full release from IU Athletics follows.


IU COVID-19 TESTING UPDATE, FOUR PROGRAMS PAUSE WORKOUTS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Department of Athletics has administered 1,417 COVID-19 tests for student-athletes, coaches and staff, as a part of its return to campus protocol with 63 positive tests reported. Testing began on June 8.

The department has paused all voluntary workouts indefinitely for members of its men’s basketball, field hockey, men’s soccer and wrestling programs after 14 participants tested positive during COVID-19 testing this week.

Testing will continue and all workout decisions will be re-evaluated by the Indiana medical staff to protect the health and safety of all student-athletes.

IU Athletics began bringing groups of students back to campus for voluntary workouts on June 15. The Medical Advisory Group’s Restart Plan, which was released June 3, includes a series of pre-participation protocols before participants can be reintegrated. Following reintegration, subsequent requirements for voluntary workout participants include daily medical checks, abiding by CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, and, when deemed necessary by IU Athletics chief medical officer, COVID-19 testing.

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. These close contact individuals are also quarantined until further notice.

All athletic activities will continue to be voluntary in all sports currently permitted to engage in such activities. Furthermore, student-athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics at any time during the summer and/or the 2020-21 academic year due to concerns about COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarships honored and will remain in good standing with their team.


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