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UH football team quarantining 81 after positive COVID-19 tests

The Maui News

The University of Hawaii is quarantining 81 student-athletes on the football team after five student-athletes tested positive Tuesday, raising the team’s total to eight positive tests in the last week, the school said in a news release on Tuesday.

The decision was made out of an abundance of caution after UH medical officials consulted with the state Department of Health, the school said. The student-athletes are quarantining at their residences and will be monitored by the athletic department’s medical team and academic support staff.

According to the news release, there are 13 student-athletes who live on campus, and on Tuesday they were temporarily relocated off campus to quarantine and be cared for. None of the student-athletes who have tested positive have in-person classes this semester or live on campus.

The Rainbow Warriors started spring practice on March 25, and it was initially scheduled to run through April 23. The team announced Monday that spring practice and in-person activities were paused as a result of COVID-related protocols. In-person activities are expected to resume on April 14 after the quarantine period is completed.

None of the student-athletes who tested positive have experienced severe illness, and they are reportedly doing well, according to the news release.

A total of 33 UH student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 since March 2020, with the positivity rate remaining much lower than national averages, at 0.27 percent, the school noted.

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