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2 USF football players test positive for coronavirus

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Posted at 3:36 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 18:25:46-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- Two football players at the University of South Florida have tested positive for coronavirus.

The two student-athletes tested positive after the first week of the Bulls' voluntary on-campus workouts, the school said in a press release.

"We continue to monitor very closely our student-athletes that have returned to campus and maintain diligent protocols outlined by our Infection Response Team – including screening, testing and sanitization – with the first priority being student-athletes' health and safety," said USF head football coach Jeff Scott in a press release. "We will continue to follow the guidance of our sports medicine professionals and university, state and local authorities while allowing student-athletes who have been cleared to continue voluntary workouts in small groups with strict protocols."

The voluntary workouts kicked off earlier in the month with more than 75 players on the football team's roster, USF said. All returning players and staff interacting with the players were tested for COVID-19 prior to the start of the voluntary workouts and being granted access to USF facilities, the school said.

Contact tracing around positive tests and regular testing is continuing, according to the school.

USF said it will continue to "monitor and evaluate policies on physical spacing, contact tracing, testing and other safety requirements as more information is made available from the CDC, state and local officials, the American Athletic Conference and the NCAA."

Officials did not identify the two Bulls football players who tested positive.