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USC Pauses Football, Men’s Water Polo Workouts Due To Positive COVID-19 Tests

Aug 26, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

LOS ANGELES — USC Athletics is pausing workouts in football and men's water polo until at least Monday after eight student-athletes in those sports tested positive for COVID-19 through the weekly surveillance testing program.

All eight student-athletes have been isolated. It is clear from contact tracing that the virus was contracted off campus as a result of increased community spread and not via any on-campus or training activities. Per current Pac-12 Conference and public health guidelines, all USC workouts are outdoors and non-contact. The risk of exposure by any coaches, staff, and other student-athletes is very low. Student-athletes in football and men's water polo will undergo another round of COVID-19 testing this week.

"We have effective mitigation strategies in place," said USC athletic director Mike Bohn, "but out of an abundance of caution we are pausing athletics activities in football and men's water polo while we await additional test results and USC completes the contact tracing process."

Today (Wednesday, Aug. 26) was already a scheduled day off from football activities.

From July 18 through Aug. 21, there had been just one positive result among 654 tests conducted on student-athletes participating in on-campus workouts in the Phase 1, 2 and 3 sports of football, men's water polo, women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's and women's basketball, including no positive results the past three weeks.