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WVU Basketball Workouts Postponed Two Weeks after Five More Players Test Positive for COVID-19

Cody Nespor

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The West Virginia men’s basketball team has postponed the start of team workouts 14 days, after five more players and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19.

Workouts for athletes who test negative were scheduled to begin July 6, but this 14-day postponement will push the start date back to July 20.

“The recent positive numbers tell me the safest thing to do is put a pause on the start of our men’s basketball workouts,” WVU athletic director Shane Lyons said in a release. “The well-being of our student-athletes is the top priority, and we will continually monitor our men’s basketball situation in hopes of starting on July 20.”

The team reported one positive case of COVID-19 when players began to return to Morgantown last week. These five new cases bring the reported amount to six student-athletes and one staff member. All individuals that tested positive will enter into a 14-day self-isolation period, according to WVU athletics.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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