Austin Peay State athletics announced Monday afternoon that all voluntarily workouts will be put on hold after 11 of its student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19.

While shut down, university staff will work to disinfect all areas that were used by athletes during the return. Practices will resume July 16, but only those who test negative twice within a 10-day period will be permitted to participate.

"While these positive tests are regrettable, I am encouraged that the procedures we put in place prior to the return of our student-athletes worked as we expected," Director of Athletics Gerald Harrison said in a statement. "Once we were notified of an individual displaying COVID-19 symptoms within our family we began implementing our plans, which ultimately led to the closure of our facilities for workouts. The health and safety of our Governors family is paramount."

Any athlete who tests positive is put into isolation by the school in a one-person room, checked daily by staff and provided boxed meals to keep them from leaving the room.

“It is imperative that all members of our extended Governors family take steps to limit the spread of COVID-19," Harrison said. "It is only through the steps we take every day that we can ensure the start of athletics this fall."

The voluntary workouts originally began on June 13 as part of "Phase 1" of the school's return-to-action plan.

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