MORGANTOWN—After consulting with medical officials, the West Virginia University Department of Athletics has postponed the start of the men’s basketball team workouts for 14 days following their most recent COVID-19 test results.
WVU men’s basketball was scheduled to begin workouts on Monday, but five basketball players and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 before the start of the conditioning. Now, with the two-week postponement, workouts for any 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 self-quarantine.
“The recent positive numbers tell me the safest thing to do is put a pause on the start of our men’s basketball workouts,” said WVU Athletic Director Shane Lyons. “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 20th.”
Recent positive tests in the department 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 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.