Two additional student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive test results to four, according to a press release from Virginia Athletics. Of the athletic department’s four total cases, three are Virginia football players, who were required to return to Grounds for training July 15.
While Virginia Athletics did not specify the names of the players who tested positive, they said that no student-athlete has required hospitalization. All of the players who have tested positive have been notified and will self-isolate for 10 days or until symptoms are gone and they are three days fever-free, whichever is longer. They will then be medically evaluated until they are cleared to resume training.
According to the press release, known contacts of the student-athletes who have tested positive will be asked to self-isolate for at least 14 days. During this time, these players will not be able to participate in practices or workouts.
This was the second round of COVID-19 testing for student-athletes who have returned to Grounds — two weeks ago, Virginia Athletics announced that two football players had tested positive for the virus after athletes returned to Grounds for voluntary workouts July 5.
In addition to football, student-athletes from men’s basketball, women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball are back in Charlottesville for training. ACC competition has been delayed until Sept. 1 amid COVID-19 concerns, a decision which impacts six Virginia teams — men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. Virginia football is scheduled to begin its season Sept. 7 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Georgia.
Division I schools across the country have seen positive cases emerge as student-athletes have returned for training. Michigan announced five new cases of COVID-19 July 24, bringing the total number of cases among student-athletes and coaches to 13. At North Carolina, 37 student-athletes, coaches and staff tested positive for the virus after one group of athletes gathered at an off-campus apartment complex and another went out to eat at a restaurant.
As of Friday, Virginia has 79,253 confirmed cases of COVID-19 after the Commonwealth recorded 6,931 cases in the last seven days. The Thomas Jefferson Health District — which includes Charlottesville and Albemarle County, as well as Nelson, Fluvanna, Louisa and Greene counties — registered 46 new cases today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the district to 1,551. Of those cases, 405 are in the city of Charlottesville and 685 in Albemarle County.