The University of Houston has suspended voluntary workouts for student-athletes, the school announced Friday. The decision was made after six symptomatic athletes tested positive for COVID-19.
“The impacted students have been placed in isolation and contact tracing procedures have been initiated following protocol,” the statement from the department said. The announcement did not specify the sports in which the athletes are participants.
"UH Athletics will continue to partner with university officials, UH team physicians and local health professionals to determine best practices as it considers a return to workouts,” the statement concluded.
While the fall sports season is still weeks away, this development illustrates the complications that could come into play as conferences and athletic departments grapple with how to conduct competitions in a world still trying to recover from the pandemic. Houston had reopened its facilities on June 1, but these cases as well as an increase in positive tests around the greater Houston area led officials to take this action.