UF reports six new COVID cases on football team, pauses two sports
The University of Florida has paused athletic activities in baseball and lacrosse after 68 student-athletes, including seven football players, have tested positive for COVID-19 in September, according to the latest update Tuesday.
The total number of cases are more than nine times the amount UF had last Wednesday, which was seven positive tests out of 191.
The school has now administered 528 tests this month with 68 coming back positive, including 31 cases in lacrosse and 15 in baseball. The season opener for the soccer team was also postponed Monday after three players caught the virus.
The Gators football team has now had seven positive tests out of 230 in September after reporting just one case in the first 101 tests last week. Florida coach Dan Mullen said Monday that some false positives have also been identified on the team, but they wouldn’t be reflected in Tuesday’s release.
“I give a lot of credit to our players. They’ve done an amazing job,” Mullen said. “Any time you infuse 50,000 students on a campus you’re going to have a spike. Our guys, we have a minor one.”
Here’s latest COVID-19 testing update from UF:
Since Student-Athletes Returned to Campus on May 26
Total Tests on Campus: 1,564
Total Positives on Campus: 103
Total Tests for September: 528
Total Positives for September: 68
Since Football Student-Athletes Returned to Campus on May 26
Total Tests on Campus: 692
Total Positives on Campus: 28
Total Tests for September: 230
Total Positives for September: 7