Ohio State pauses all voluntary workouts following COVID-19 test results
Ohio State has announced that all voluntary workouts on campus have been paused after the latest round of COVID-19 screenings. The school’s athletic department released a statement on Tuesday.
“The Ohio State Department of Athletics has paused all voluntary workouts on campus following the results of its most recent COVID-19 testing of student-athletes,” the statement said. “Seven teams’ workouts are affected by this pause: men’s and women’s basketball, fields hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.”
Unlike most schools, Ohio State is not reporting the number of COVID-19 tests it conducts as student-athletes are on campus. It has also not revealed the number of positive test results or which teams have had the highest totals of positive tests.
Last month, the university said it would withhold the results to protect the privacy of student-athletes, coaches and staff members.
“If a student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19, he/she will self-isolate for at least 14 days and receive daily check-ups from the Department of Athletics medical staff. Student-athletes living alone will isolate in their residence,” the statement said. “If they have roommates, they will self-isolate in a designated room on campus.”
Ohio State’s student-athletes began returning to campus on June 8. There is no word on when workouts will resume.