9 WVU student-athletes test positive for COVID-19, women’s hoop practices on hold

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WVU women’s basketball offseason workouts are on a 14-day pause after six student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19.

Additionally, three more WVU football players have tested positive for coronavirus, increasing the team total to nine.

With the delay, women’s basketball student-athletes that later test negative can begin workouts on Monday, July 20. The Mountaineers had not yet begun their offseason practices.

All positive individuals will enter a self-isolation period for 14 days. As part of the department’s health and safety protocol, contact tracing procedures have identified additional individuals who could have been exposed, and they will be mandated to self-quarantine per the department’s protocol.

“As with our men’s basketball team, the safest thing to do is put a pause on our women’s basketball workouts,” said Director of Athletics Shane Lyons. “The recent testing numbers, before their workouts even begin, show it’s not in the best interest of the student-athletes. Our medical officials will closely monitor the team in the coming days with a goal of starting its summer prep on July 20.”





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