IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa shut down its athletes from workouts Monday following the latest COVID-19 testing. Training will be paused through at least Sept. 7, according to a press release.
Iowa conducted 815 COVID-19 tests in the athletic department for the week of Aug. 24-30 with 93 positive tests and 722 negative tests being received. A total of 176 positive tests and 2,560 negative tests with one inconclusive test have come back since testing began on May 29.
“Due to the recent increase in cases in the community, we have made the decision to pause voluntary and mandatory workouts until after Labor Day,” UI professor and head team physician Dr. Andrew Peterson stated in the press release. “We remain confident in our overall process, including testing, contact tracing and daily health screening.”
Following the positive test result, protocol established by UI Athletics and medical staff, including contact tracing procedures, is being followed to ensure the safety of all UI Athletics student-athletes and staff. This mandatory protocol also includes isolation for the individuals who test positive, and quarantine for those individuals who might have been exposed to someone with the virus.
Iowa does not break down its results by sport or name individuals who test positive. The Des Moines Register’s Chad Leistikow is reporting that 11 football players tested positive.
Before in-person classes began last Monday, Aug. 24, Iowa athletics tested 1745 people in department beginning on May 29 with 83 COVID-19 positives (4.8%) with one inconclusive test.
From last Monday-Sunday, there were 815 tests with 93 positives (11.4%).