Report: Iowa pauses football workouts following outbreak of positive COVID-19 tests
Iowa’s football program is temporarily shutting down after an outbreak among the team, according to a report.
Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines register reported on Monday that the Iowa football program has paused workouts after 11 individuals tested positive for COVID-19. The school announced that, in total, 93 positive tests have been returned after the latest round of testing within the athletic department.
Workouts will be paused for all programs through at least Sept. 7.
“Due to the recent increase in cases in the community, we have made the decision to pause voluntary and mandatory workouts until after Labor Day,” said Andrew Peterson, a professor at Iowa and head team physician. “We remain confident in our overall process, including testing, contact tracing and daily health screening.”
Iowa has provided weekly updates to its COVID-19 testing results since student-athletes began returning to campus. The B1G has already postponed all fall sports, including football, until spring.
The school said it conducted a total of 815 COVID-19 screenings in its latest round of testing.