Schools Pause Workouts Amid Troubling Virus Trends

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Ohio State University and the University of North Carolina have paused voluntary summer workouts amid concerning numbers of positive COVID-19 test results.

Both schools announced Wednesday that they would pause practices, but differed in their approaches. North Carolina said it would pause football activities after it revealed that 37 people within Tar Heels athletics had tested positive for the virus. Ohio State, meanwhile, paused voluntary workouts for seven programs — men's and women's basketball, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball — and did not reveal the number of positive tests. 

According to ESPN, the Orange County (N.C.) health department identified the North Carolina campus as a “cluster” for the coronavirus — meaning that more than five cases are present in the area. The positive tests were not limited to student-athletes, and reportedly included coaches and staff, as well. Those affected, and anybody they came into contact with, will have to self-isolate for 14 days, according to the school. 

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