College athletics programs report new coronavirus cases as NCAA prepares for return to college football

A growing number of colleges and universities have reported new positive coronavirus cases among athletes.

The news comes as the NCAA announced football and basketball programs could resume limited workouts.

A number of colleges and universities have reported new positive cases of coronavirus among student-athletes and athletic staff. 

According to a report from CNN, the University of Alabama, Arkansas State University, Auburn University, Texas Tech University, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Marshall University, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, and Oklahoma State University have all reported positive coronavirus cases over the last few weeks. 

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Some athletics programs, like Iowa State University and Florida State University, reported as few as one case. Others, like the University of Alabama, had as many as five players test positive. 

Colleges and universities with positive cases are announcing that athletes and staff who test positive will self-quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus. 

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The rise in cases comes as the NCAA announced that football and basketball programs would be allowed to resume limited, individual workouts starting in June. 

CBS Sports recently reported that the college sports governing body is set to release a four-phase plan to fully resume college football activities in July. The plan includes specific return dates for workouts and practice so the season can begin on the traditional Labor Day kick-off. 

However, the NCAA has yet to indicate if any guidelines on fan presence will be proposed.

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