MORGANTOWN—After consulting with medical officials, the West Virginia University Department of Athletics has postponed the start of the women’s basketball team workouts for 14 days following their most recent COVID-19 test results.
Although the Lady Mountaineers hadn’t yet began conditioning, the Big 12 Conference allowed workouts to begin this past Monday. Now, with six Lady Mountaineers basketball players testing positive for COVID-19, workouts for any student-athlete who tests negative can resume on Monday, July 20th.
Currently, positive individuals will have to enter a self-isolation period for the next 14 days. As part of the department’s health and safety protocol, contact tracing procedures have identified additional individuals who may have been exposed to a positive individual, and they too will be mandated to selfquarantine.
“As with our men’s basketball team, the safest thing to do is put a pause on our women’s basketball workouts,” said WVU Athletic Director 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 20th.”
In addition to the women’s and men’s basketball programs, recent positive tests also include an additional four student-athletes in football and one in women’s soccer. Contact tracing and self-isolation have already begun for those five individuals.
Previously, two football student-athletes had tested positive and were held out of offseason drills.
With new COVID-19 cases being reported daily around the Big 12 Conference, WVU head football coach Neal Brown said the team will continue to strictly follow the university’s recommended guidelines and take every precaution necessary to keep their positive cases at a minimum.