Positive COVID-19 tests force UVM men’s basketball team to pause training

The University of Vermont men’s basketball team has been forced to temporarily halt its summer training amid two positive COVID-19 cases within the athletic department, the school announced Tuesday afternoon.

Both cases have been asymptomatic, yet one remains active with coronavirus, the school said.

“Thorough contact tracing has taken place. Individuals who had close contact have been notified and are quarantining per current public health guidelines,” the UVM statement said. “The men’s basketball team is currently on a training pause and pending further test results is scheduled to resume activity next week.”

The men’s and women’s basketball teams are the only two Catamount programs allowed to hold formal team practices, which began on July 20, per NCAA rules, once student-athletes fulfilled quarantine requirements.

UVM said it has followed the NCAA’s Resocialization of Sport protocols, “which require daily symptom monitoring, regular COVID-19 testing and a phased return to training beginning with small-group, non-contact activity.”

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When asked last Wednesday about possible positive tests in the program, UVM athletic director Jeff Schulman told the Free Press “an inconclusive test that occurred out of state” shut down practices for several days.

When reached by phone Tuesday evening, Schulman declined to elaborate what was shared beyond the school’s news release.

Since the teams’ return, the school has administered 75 tests to student-athletes, coaches and staff.

“UVM Athletics continues daily medical check-ins and monitoring of those in isolation and quarantine,” the statement also said. “UVM Athletics will provide periodic updates on the status of programs and aggregate COVID-19 testing results.”

Contact Alex Abrami at 660-1848 or aabrami@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter: @aabrami5.

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