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Arizona athletic department provides COVID-19 testing update

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The Arizona Wildcats won’t be playing any sports for the remainder of 2020, but that hasn’t stopped the school from maintaining protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic.

That includes regular testing of student-athletes and staff, which since it began June 8 has included 169 athletes and 89 staff members.

From that group, a total of six have tested positive for COVID-19, per a release issued Friday. Five of those cases are student-athletes and one is a staff member.

“Contact tracing has shown no other persons became positive by exposure to these individuals,” the release said.

“The results of our testing are an important update to our ongoing re-entry planning and processes for a safe and healthy return to campus,” athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement. “I am proud of the compassion, teamwork and determination of all our student-athletes, coaches, staff and campus partners who all play key roles in our re-entry. Arizona Athletics will continue its focus on health, safety and wellbeing in its ongoing re-entry of the entire Wildcat Family.”

Arizona’s fall semester begins Monday with a mix of in-person and online classes.