Heel Tough Blog: 37 Athletic Members Positive for COVID-19; Delay Voluntary Workouts for Football


Tar Heel Athletics

On Wednesday afternoon, the university released an official statement confirming that 37 members of the 429 athletic related members had tested positive for COVID-19 in their return to campus. The group of 429 tested include student-athletes, coaches and staff members and has spanned from June 1st until as recently as a few days ago.


The number itself might be a bit concerning, but the important number thing is the percentage. The 8.6% of the people to test positive is on par with some of the numbers that we have been seeing throughout the rest of the nation as programs across the nation have begun to return to campus. The good news is that since this statistic is a culmination of all of those tested from June 1st on, a portion of those 37 have likely already gone through quarantine.


Due to the numbers, however, the football program has decided to play it safe and delay its scheduled workouts for at least a week. As of right now, there is no restart date set in stone, but we will keep you updated on if and when the team will resume these voluntary workouts as they attempt to return to the field for the 2020 season.


Stay with the Heel Tough Blog for all of the latest on COVID-19 and it's effects on Tar Heel athletics.