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Kansas suspends workouts after 12 football players test positive for COVID-19

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As the fate of the 2020 college football season looms amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, the Kansas Jayhawks are suspending voluntary workouts following a breakout on their football team.

Kansas suspends voluntary workouts, 12 footbal players test positive for COVID-19

Kansas’ athletic department announced Friday that it is suspending voluntary workouts for the football team indefinitely after 12 players tested positive for COVID-19.

In the statement, the university said it will require every football player and staff member to self-quarantine for 14 days, following the CDC’s guidelines for those in close contact with a person carrying the virus.

“After the increase in positive COVID-19 tests within our football program, our medical team at Kansas Team Health has recommended discontinuing voluntary workouts immediately,” athletic director Jeff Long said, via statement. “Our priority remains to keep our student-athletes safe and healthy, especially during this pandemic, and will follow the recommendations of our medical professionals.”

The Jayhawks tested 164 of their student-athletes and received 16 positive results, 12 of which came from the football program.

COVID-19 outbreak across college football

The NCAA lifted its moratorium on voluntary workouts across college campuses, beginning on June 1. Since the Division I Council made its ruling, more than 100 total cases of coronavirus have been reported across major programs.