University of Michigan Swimming to Suspend Voluntary Workouts Because of COVID-19 Tests

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The University of Michigan swimming and diving team is one of four sports to suspend voluntary workouts because of COVID-19 test results, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The Michigan athletic department suspended workouts for swimming and diving, field hockey, ice hockey and volleyball, though ice hockey is slated to resume training later in the week barring any other developments.

On Friday, the university announced that 12 student-athletes and one staff member had tested positive for COVID-19, but did not disclose any identity of those who tested positive. The Free Press reported COVID-19 test results and contract tracing protocols led to the decision.

According to the latest numbers provided by the university, 729 total tests have been administered since mid-June with 13 positive results produced, the Free Press reported.

“Our medical experts are providing the necessary care and communication to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those who have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive,” the school said in a statement.

University Michigan swimmers returned to the pool on July 12, under the guidance of NCAA policies as athletes have returned to campus and voluntary workouts with social distancing guidelines in place, though it sparked some confusion in the state since indoor pools were not open across Michigan.

The team posted pictures on social media of one swimmer in each lane, the temperature checking station and masks being worn on the pool deck, but the post was taken down two days later.

As of the latest announcement, the team will not be participating in any workouts, in the water or out.


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      It’s also vague, they didn’t say 729 *people* were tested, just that 729 test have occurred. How many people have been tested multiple times over that period? In the article from July 24th they mentioned 170 staff member tests and only one positive, I feel like that’s gotta mean some people were tested more than once…

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