The University of Houston has decided to suspend voluntary workouts after it was announced on Friday afternoon that six student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19.
Student-athletes returned to Houston’s campus on June 1, but with a rising number of cases in the area, the school announced all activities will be suspended “out of an abundance of caution”.
“As was contemplated prior to the return of student-athletes on June 1, UH Athletics is adapting its protocols to include repetitive COVID-19 testing as a component of any resumption of workouts on campus,” a statement released by the University of Houston read. “During this pause in voluntary workouts, UH Athletics will continue its stringent cleaning and sanitization protocols in all facilities. UH Athletics will continue to partner with university officials, UH team physicians and local health professionals to determine best practices as it considers a return to workouts.”
According to the Houston Chronicle, the school only tested players returning to campus who were experiencing symptoms. While Houston isn’t the first program with players that tested positive for the virus, they are the first school forced to cancel workouts due to several positive tests.
Just this morning, I spoke with two medical experts that said Houston's decision not to test athletes upon arrival was "risky."
— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) June 12, 2020
Kentucky Football began slowly bringing back student-athletes for voluntary workouts on Monday.