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Almost two dozen Texas players now in self-isolation after COVID testing, contact tracing

Posted June 18th, 2020

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The Texas athletic department announced Thursday that 13 football players have tested positive or are presumed positive for COVID-19 while 10 more are asymptomatic and in self-quarantine.

These 11 new positive cases follow the two positive cases that UT reported last week.

In a statement from team physician Allen Hardin, Texas announced that the 13 who tested positive are now self-isolating. The other 10 were identified through contact tracing. Also, UT also said four more players have tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody.

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Per federal privacy laws, Texas is not disclosing the names of the individual players who tested positive.

These numbers will raise red flags all over the country. Houston stopped voluntary workouts when just six players tested positive. Other schools are giving out incremental testing data as it becomes available.

The Longhorns began voluntary workouts this week at Frank Denius Fields. To be allowed into the facility, each player first had to undergo coronavirus testing. Then each day, players complete an online questionnaire about their physical condition and must pass a thermometer check at the gate.

It’s unclear whether UT will allow the continuation of voluntary workouts given the high number of positive cases.

UT established three different areas around the practice field to lift weights, in addition to multiple hand-washing stations.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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