LOS ANGELES, CA — A USC athlete tested positive for the coronavirus before the start of on-campus voluntary workouts, the university announced Friday.
The athlete was experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 "and is in isolation," Sports Information Director Tim Tessalone told City News Service.
The player's name or sport were not disclosed.
USC tested 69 returning athletes residing in the Los Angeles area before Wednesday's start of on-campus voluntary workouts in six sports -- 56 football players, nine men's water polo players, three women's soccer players and one men's basketball players, Tessalone said.
All others tested were negative. USC will continue to closely monitor and conduct regular testing of any student-athletes returning to voluntary workouts, Tessalone said.
Los Angeles-area residents on the Trojan women's basketball and women's volleyball teams have also begun on-campus voluntary workouts as part of what the university described as a "phased return to campus."
All players were required to complete a pre-participation checklist. USC's athletic medicine staff will make the final determination on an athlete's clearance to participate in voluntary workouts.
The NCAA announced that mandatory organized team activities can begin July 13 for football and July 20 for men's and women's basketball.
As part of the pre-participation process, all athletes were required to participate in a COVID-19 health and safety protocol information session, complete the university's TrojanLearn training module, sign a risk and shared responsibility acknowledgement form, pass their annual pre-participation physical, and undergo COVID-19 testing.
Following their initial COVID-19 test, student-athletes will be tested weekly.
In addition to the players, only essential staff -- strength coaches, athletic trainers, equipment managers, facilities/operations staff -- are allowed access to facilities during voluntary workouts. Those essential staff members are also undergoing COVID-19 testing.
As the workouts are voluntary, Athletic Director Mike Bohn informed all members of those teams that if they decide not to return for workouts, they will not face reductions in financial aid.
"We understand that for various reasons some student-athletes may choose not to participate in voluntary workouts," Bohn said. "We are fully supportive of the choices made by our stud
—City News Service
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