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UVa athletics department reports no new positive COVID-19 test results

UVa athletics department reports no new positive COVID-19 test results

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The University of Virginia athletics department administered 1,135 COVID-19 tests from Nov. 9-15, and none of the tests came back positive. These results come after the Cavaliers reported just one positive test from Nov. 2-8.

Since the UVa athletic department began testing student-athletes and staff for COVID-19 on July 5, it has administered 11,935 tests. Of those tests, a total of 92 came back positive.

Any student-athletes or staff members who test positive for the virus must self-isolate for 10 days. Any close contacts of people who test positive for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Recording no new positive tests last week is a good result for the athletic department, especially given the nationwide rise in positive COVID-19 results. The country has recorded at least 100,000 new recorded cases each day for nearly two weeks.

One ACC football game was postponed last weekend, as both Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech dealt with issues related to COVID-19.

Despite surges in COVID-19 across various parts of the country, UVa’s student-athletes and staff have done well to follow health protocols and remain safe.

The football team competed Saturday against Louisville without any players either infected with the virus or in quarantine due to contact tracing.

As the winter sport season arrives, members of the athletic department hope for similar results. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams begin play on Nov. 25.

Fall sports such as volleyball, cross country, field hockey and women’s soccer all completed their fall seasons in recent weeks, making it through their altered schedules amid the pandemic. The football team’s Nov. 7 game against Louisville was postponed to last Saturday due to issues with COVID-19 in Louisville’s program. The game was played this past weekend, with the Cavaliers winning 31-17.

Men’s soccer’s fall season is nearly over as it competes in the ACC Tournament, and four games remain on the football team’s fall schedule, as Bronco Mendenhall’s team hopes to safely navigate its way through the rest of the fall slate.

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