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WVU Men’s Basketball Player Tests Positive for COVID-19

Cody Nespor

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A member of the West Virginia men’s basketball team has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a release by WVU Athletics.

This is the first reported positive COVID-19 test for the WVU men’s basketball team and the player will enter a 14-day self-isolation period, according to the release.

Players were being tested ahead of the start of voluntary workouts on July 6. Any players that have tested negative for COVID-19 will be able to participate.

This is the third reported positive case of COVID-19 among WVU student-athletes. Two members of the WVU football team were reported to test positive after the team began voluntary workouts two weeks ago. The first positive case was announced on Monday, the first day of workouts and the second on Saturday.

With positive COVID-19 cases popping up all over the Big 12’s football teams, WVU head coach Neal Brown said the team will strictly follow the university’s recommended guidelines and take all the precautions they can to keep their case number low.

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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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