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Maryland athletics announces three positive COVID-19 tests; voluntary football workouts resume

The University of Maryland athletic department announced three positive COVID-19 tests after conducting on-campus screening for 185 student-athletes and athletics staff on July 14-15.

The university said in a news release that those three student-athletes and staff have been notified and are currently in self-isolation, monitored by university health officials. Contact tracing is ongoing through the Prince George’s County Health Department and all identified individuals will follow a mandated 14-day self-observation period, under the supervision of university health officials.

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Additionally, under guidance from the Prince George’s County Health Department, voluntary, individual training for the football program has resumed.

Maryland welcomed back football student-athletes for individual, voluntary workouts on June 15. In its initial on-campus screening of 105 individuals in June, the program reported no positive tests for COVID-19. Nine individuals tested positive for COVID-19 out of 185 screenings in early July, which prompted the university to suspend voluntary football workouts.

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Maryland said that this testing was part of a larger campus-wide testing initiative of over 1,400 faculty, staff and students. To date, Maryland athletics has conducted 545 tests, yielding 12 positive results, a positivity rate of 2.2%.

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