Maryland athletics training activities suspended after 46 positive tests

September 03, 2020 | WNST Staff


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland Athletics, as part of a gradual, phased approach to athletic training and competition, is working with the University Health Center to conduct regular COVID-19 testing. In preparation for this ongoing testing period, we worked with state, county and university health officials to develop appropriate protocols in the event of positive test results, including education, contact identification and tracing, and self-isolation.

On August 31 and September 1, 2020, the University Health Center conducted on-campus screening for 501 student-athletes. A total of 46 student-athletes have tested positive, affecting 10 different teams. Student-athletes will be tested again on Tuesday, September 8. As a precautionary measure, all athletics training activities have been suspended until those test results are received.

Cumulative results of all athletics testing to date:

2191 tests

63 positive results

In order to protect the privacy of those student-athletes who test positive, Maryland Athletics will continue to publicly release the aggregate number of positive tests at regular intervals.

“As we experience an unprecedented year in college athletics and across the entire country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to keep the health, safety and welfare of our student-athletes and staff first and foremost,” said Athletic Director Damon Evans. “The most recent testing results have revealed an uptick in positive tests among Maryland student-athletes. Out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily pausing all workouts for our programs. We continue to educate our student-athletes and staff about best practices and protocols to be safe this time. We look forward to when our student-athletes can safely return to workouts and then re-start their seasons.”