The University of Louisville has suspended activities for four fall sports after 29 student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19.
All activities for men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball have been halted. The school announced that contact tracing revealed that the outbreak is linked to an off-campus party and that several other athletes are in quarantine after being potentially exposed.
“Though all student-athletes have been well-educated about the dangers of social gatherings to themselves and to others, UofL leaders have again reinforced the necessity to adhere to state, local, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) medical guidelines and procedures for the health and safety of all,” a Louisville statement reads.
The suspension is temporary. Athletes under quarantine who don’t test positive can return to campus for workouts starting Aug. 10. The school did not estimate when activities for those who tested positive will resume.
COVID-19 trending younger
The Louisville news arrives as the wave of nationwide COVID-19 cases in recent months has trended younger, linked in part to people gathering at parties and in bars.
As of Wednesday, the United States claimed 4.8 million of the world’s 18.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 157,000 of 702,000 global deaths linked to COVID-19.
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