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Louisville suspends athletic activities for four fall sports after off-campus party causes COVID-19 outbreak

(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

For the second time this summer, the University of Louisville has halted summer workouts following a rash of positive cases of coronavirus. The scale of this outbreak is far greater than the one that temporarily sidelined Chris Mack’s basketball team.

UofL officials temporarily suspended all workouts for the volleyball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer teams after 29 members from the four teams tested positive. The primary source of the outbreak was an off-campus party.

“Though all student-athletes have been well-educated about the dangers of social gatherings to themselves and to others, UofL leaders have again reinforced the necessity to adhere to state, local, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) medical guidelines and procedures for the health and safety of all,” the school said in a statement.

Athletes that did not test positive and were not traced to the event may return to athletic activities Monday.

Members of UofL’s football team were not tied to this outbreak. Even so, this reinforces the biggest problem college athletic programs face when bringing students back to campus. Administrators can create a controlled environment on campus but they cannot control what students do when they are away from athletic facilities. The entire student population has not yet returned to campus and an off-campus party has already caused an outbreak.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

14 Comments for Louisville suspends athletic activities for four fall sports after off-campus party causes COVID-19 outbreak



  1. a21CATSfan
    1:48 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

    Still not going to blame it on the protests, huh?



    • satcheluk
      8:45 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

      Not one shred of evidence they exacerbated anything, but you can keep fishing.



  2. ukbradstith
    2:01 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

    Get it out of the way now, maybe it won’t disrupt the season. I’m only half kidding



  3. jblanton
    2:19 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

    So they are labeling Herpes as COVID now?



    • bgoad72
      3:24 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

      ??



    • bgoad72
      3:25 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

      Hilarious



  4. gasman01
    2:25 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

    How in the heck can Breshear consider having the state fair when you have all of these cases from 1 party. Same with the Derby. Absolutely insane.



    • TonyMontana
      3:14 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

      I havent heard about that and I havent even thought about that… but yea… a state fair at this time? Hell no.



  5. Cousins Fake Tooth 2
    3:43 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

    Yeah, I bet it has nothing at all to do with being out protesting. Just the party. Protests don’t spread covid. Covid is smart, it knows if you are protesting, and when it realizes it, it sits back and waits until the protest is over, then it becomes active and spreads.



    • satcheluk
      8:45 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

      Indoors vs outdoors. Huge difference.



    • ComfortablyNumb94
      10:10 am August 6, 2020 Permalink

      ….how do you know ANY of these people have been apart of the protests? If you want to push your own agenda at least wait to comment on an article that even says the word “protest”



  6. MrFlip41129
    10:16 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

    Stupid ass people still upset about protests. If you are white and upset about the protests then you’re a racist person! And before anything is said I’m a white man that lives in Catlettsburg Ky.



    • Corder
      11:09 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

      So because you’re white that means your opinion means more than a black mans? Now who’s the racist.



  7. Lip Man 1
    11:08 pm August 5, 2020 Permalink

    Mountain West Conference announced tonight they will not play football before September 26th at the earliest. Eight conference plus two non-conference if a school chooses to do so.