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Ohio State Resumes Voluntary Workouts After Stoppage Due to Positive COVID-19 Cases

Ohio State University on Tuesday resumed voluntary athletic workouts after stopping them a week ago when COVID-19 testing of student-athletes showed some positive cases.

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“Based on the advice of medical professionals and the results of testing on Monday (July 13) of all student-athletes currently in training, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics announced today that it will resume voluntary training operations after the suspension of workouts last week,” the university said in a statement. “All student-athletes from the seven sports that returned last month to voluntary workouts were tested Monday, and the results were received today. The last round of testing was July 7, resulting in the suspension of training on July 8.”

The university’s athletics director Gene Smith said athletes will be tested routinely moving forward and training decisions will continue to be re-evaluated by medical staff. He added that protocols to do with physical distancing, masks, hygiene and cleaning procedures are strictly in place.

The university’s athletes “are excited to be headed into a new school year and were disappointed last week when we had to temporarily suspend training,” Smith said. “These young people come from across the nation and the world to be part of our Ohio State family, and we do everything we can to create a safe, healthy environment so that they have a chance to study and compete. Our medical team will continue to evaluate, and we will share decisions as we move forward.”

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