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APSU pauses student-athlete voluntary workouts following COVID-19 cluster

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 17:31:18-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Austin Peay State University Athletic Department announced Monday it would be suspending voluntary workouts due to what the university is calling a small cluster of positive COVID-19 tests among its student-athletes.

Eleven APSU student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19.

The athletics department placed individuals in single-occupancy rooms once they were notified of the first positive test and individuals determined to be at risk through contact tracing were placed in self-quarantine.

They were then checked on daily by staff and given boxed meals so they wouldn't leave their room.

The university also announced they have closed their on-campus athletic facilities to allow them to be disinfected and cleaned.

"While these positive tests are regrettable, I am encouraged that the procedures we put in place prior to the return of our student-athletes worked as we expected," said Director of Athletics Gerald Harrison.

The school will additionally conduct online training sessions for its student-athletes reinforcing the guidelines that have been put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

"It is imperative that all members of our extended Governors family take steps to limit the spread of COVID-19," said Harrison. "It is only through the steps we take every day that we can ensure the start of athletics this fall."