Virus Concern Ends Govs Workouts
Updated: Jul 15, 2020
Clarksville, TN (CU) - Last week, APSU announced it has suspended all voluntary offseason workouts and closed all athletic facilities following a cluster of student-athletes testing positive for COVID-19. Austin Peay currently has 11 student-athletes documented as having tested positive for the virus.
"Once we were notified of an individual displaying COVID-19 symptoms within our [Governors athletics] family, we began implementing our plans, which ultimately led to the closure of our facilities for workouts. It is only through the steps we take every day that we can ensure the start of athletics this fall." – APSU, Athletic Director Gerald Harrison
The university confirms those student-athletes were placed into isolation within single-occupancy rooms at university housing following positive test confirmations. Additionally, any individuals determined through contact tracing to be at risk were placed in self-quarantine.
Each of the individuals placed into isolation and self-quarantine are being checked daily by athletics department and university staff. All individuals were also provided boxed meals to minimize requests to leave their assigned rooms.
The Governor’s athletic department officially notified APSU administrators and the Tennessee Health Departments as required by state regulations. Austin Peay athletics will be responsible for managing, cleaning and disinfecting each of its facilities during this closure.
A formal date of return to athletic activities has not been formally announced and remains pending.
Eric Fisher, CU