The University of Hawaiʻi football program is quarantining 81 student-athletes after five positive COVID-19 cases today and eight since Wednesday, March 31, according to UH News.
The decision was made out of an abundance of caution after UH medical officials met with the Hawaiʻi Department of Health. None of the student-athletes who tested positive live on campus or have on-campus classes.
The student-athletes are quarantining in their place of residence, and the 13 who do live on-campus were relocated today and will be monitored.
None of the students who tested positive have faced any serious symptoms as of Tuesday, April 6. Spring practice is expected to resume on April 14 if the spread is contained.
UH athletics works closely with the UH Mānoa COVID-19 Response Team and has had strict COVID-19 protocols in place since the start of the pandemic, including mandatory daily health checks, weekly COVID testing, face coverings and safe physical distancing.
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%.