USC extends pause on football, men’s water polo workouts due to positive COVID-19 tests

USC is extending its pause on football and men’s water polo workouts to Sept. 8 due to positive COVID-19 tests in those two programs, the school announced on Monday.

The original pause in workouts, which began Wednesday, Aug. 26, had been through Aug. 31 after eight student-athletes in the two sports tested positive for COVID-19. USC tested all student-athletes in the two sports after the initial outbreak and yielded one additional positive test.

All student-athletes who tested positive are currently in isolation.

USC’s contact tracing program concluded that the spread in the two teams was due to off-campus community spread and not from on-campus workouts and team activities.

USC also announced on Monday that it

is increasing its testing schedule from once a week to twice weekly.