COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — The University of Maryland Athletics Department announced Saturday that nine people tested positive for COVID-19 after a recent on-campus screening of 185 student-athletes and staff.

The University said the nine student-athletes and staff have been notified and are currently in self-isolation, monitored by health officials.

Under guidance from local health officials, voluntary, individual training sessions for the football program have been temporarily suspended, the athletics department said.


In previous testing of 105 individuals in June, no individual tested positive for COVID-19.

The athletics department said it is working with the University Health Center to conduct regular COVID-19 testing and have developed protocols in the event of positive test results.

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Comments (2)
  1. Frankie says:

    They need to realize as much as we love and want sports & kids back in school, restaurants, concerts, theme parks, beaches & on it may not be possible this year. The virus is what will make the decision. Those 9 people spread it to others.

    Most Marylanders have NOT been tested- it is not that easy to get tested. For every 20 tests here, one of them will be positive. Next time you are out look at 20 people not wearing masks and guess which one has COVID.

  2. King Julian says:

    sports will be scratched this year one way or another. more than likely there will be no attendance at any games, also no one wants to watch a silent sporting contest on TV. cancel now and start up again when there is a vaccine. that is the only safe procedure for these close contact sports. just watch NFL films 2 lines opposite each other frosty breath and spit flying at each other. it really makes no sense in college, they are not being paid and most never will. stop and think, is it worth it, your scholarship is intact, go get an education.

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