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UH football player tests positive for COVID-19

The Maui News

A player on the University of Hawaii football team has tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Sunday.

In a statement, UH said the player tested positive on Saturday.

“The student-athlete was held out of practice and in self isolation since first reporting symptoms last week during the team’s mandatory, daily health check-in,” UH said. “The student-athlete is being monitored by the UH medical staff and is experiencing mild symptoms.”

The school said the state Department of Health has been notified and that everyone who came into close contact with the player, who lives off-campus, was being instructed to self isolate.

UH did not identify the player, citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The start of the Rainbow Warriors’ fall camp was postponed from today to Tuesday.

“All 116 student-athletes scheduled to participate in fall camp had already tested negative in the first round of ‘surveillance’ testing in late July,” the school said. “The team and coaching staff have started NCAA recommended, weekly testing for the virus and continue to participate in daily, mandatory health screening.”

UH is scheduled to begin the season against Robert Morris on Sept. 26 at Aloha Stadium.

The state has seen a surge in coronavirus cases, particularly on Oahu. The COVID-19 Joint Information Center reported 45 new cases on Sunday and 86 on Saturday following three straight days of cases in the triple digits. However, the state said those lower totals were not complete due to missing data.

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