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IU football resumes voluntary workouts, IU Athletics reports 33 positive coronavirus tests


Then-junior quarterback Peyton Ramsey hands the ball to then-freshman running back Sampson James in the third quarter Nov. 30 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. The IU football team resumed practices July 31 after six players and staff tested positive for COVID-19. IDS file photo and Alex Deryn

IU football resumed voluntary workouts July 31 following provisions from the university’s Athletics Medical Advisory Group. IU Athletics suspended football workouts July 17 after six COVID-19 tests for athletes, coaches and staff returned positive. Out of 480 total tests across all fall sports programs, 33 were confirmed positive. 

Athletes are now permitted 20 hours of sport-specific activities each week divided between physical conditioning and team meetings. Medical staff will continue to conduct coronavirus tests and oversee decisions to maintain a healthy environment, IU Athletics said. 

Student-athletes arrived on campus June 15 to start conditioning per the Medical Advisory Group’s guidelines. These involve daily medical checks, compliance with Center for Disease Control protocols for social distancing and frequent testing. Individuals who test positive for coronavirus or who were recently in contact with a coronavirus patient undergo quarantine until medical staff clears them to restart team activities.

Amid player safety concerns, IU Athletics said it would not revoke scholarships from athletes who choose not to participate in a sport during the 2020-21 season.

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