Maryland pauses athletic workouts following spike in COVID-19 tests
The University of Maryland’s athletic department has announced it is pausing voluntary workouts at this time due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. The department released a statement on Thursday.
From Aug. 31 through Sept. 1, the athletic department conducted 501 screenings for student-athletes and received positive results from 46 of those individuals. As a result, all voluntary athletic workouts have been halted.
Those 46 positive cases spanned over 10 sports, per the university. This marks the second time Maryland’s football team has stopped operations out of an abundance of caution.
Maryland says that student-athletes will be tested again on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
“As we experience an unprecedented year in college athletics and across the entire country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to keep the health, safety and welfare of our student-athletes and staff first and foremost,” said Maryland AD Damon Evans. “The most recent testing results have revealed an uptick in positive tests among Maryland student-athletes. Out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily pausing all workouts for our programs. We continue to educate our student-athletes and staff about best practices and protocols to be safe this time. We look forward to when our student-athletes can safely return to workouts and then restart their seasons.”
Per Maryland, the athletic department has administered 2,191 tests with 63 positive results.