On Tuesday, reports emerged that three unspecified Cal student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to campus for voluntary preseason workouts. According to a statement from Cal Athletics, those three athletes are part of a group of 96 who have been tested, and one of the three has returned home outside of the Bay Area.
All three were tested at University Health Services, and a response is being coordinated by multiple organizations.
“Contact tracing is being conducted through (University Health Services) Infection Control, Berkeley Public Health and Alameda County Public Health, and Cal Athletics will follow their recommendations for self-isolation, self-quarantine, symptom monitoring and treatment,” reads the Cal Athletics press release.
This news, as first reported by the Cal Sports Report, comes after Cal Athletics announced June 17 that students could return to campus on a voluntary basis.
A lengthy process was instituted for those returning students. Student-athletes had to undergo self-quarantine, testing, educational training and a physical exam before taking part in voluntary workouts, which would consist of no more than 10 masked participants.
As of press time, however, those workouts have yet to commence.
“No athletic activities have begun, and out of an abundance of caution, the start of workouts has been delayed pending sufficient progress on contact tracing,” the statement reads.
Schools and student-athletes around the nation have faced the same positive COVID-19 tests, including a total of 47 at Clemson, which has seen more than a quarter of its football players test positive. COVID-19 has spread as players and coaches across the country return to campuses for training.