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.