HOUSTON – The University of Houston is suspending all voluntary workouts for its athletes after six tested positive for COVID-19 with symptoms.
Houston announced it was shutting down workouts due to “an abundance of caution” and an increase of positive tests in the greater Houston area over the last week.
The school said the athletes, who were not identified, have been placed in isolation and medical staff is conducting contact-tracing procedures.
Schools around the country have begun bringing athletes back to campus this month for voluntary workouts. Athletes are being tested for COVID-19 and coronavirus antibodies and given physical screenings through examines and questionnaires. There is no national standardized testing protocol for athletes.
Positive tests results had been expected and quickly have become fairly common as schools bring athletes back. Arkansas State announced seven athletes test positive. Alabama has had at least five. Clemson reported three athletes testing positive among 169 tests on students and coaches. UCF, Houston's American Athletic Conference rival, reported three positives from its first 60 tests.
Houston was the first school to report its positive athletes were symptomatic and to halt workouts because of the results.