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Iowa pauses all sports after COVID-19 outbreak

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As the Big Ten tries to figure out what to do with their football season, the University of Iowa is pausing all workouts for every sport.

This is due to 93 positive COVID-19 test results from 815 tests conducted over last week.

"Due to the recent increase in cases in the community, we have made the decision to pause voluntary and mandatory workouts until after Labor Day," Dr. Andrew Person, UI professor and head team physician, said in a statement. "We remain confident in our overall process, including testing, contact tracing and daily health screening.

Not a great look for those pushing for the Big Ten to be playing football this fall, which is a lively debate. School campuses are veritable petri dishes for the spread of an illness like COVID-19, with the student population living in close quarters.

The backdrop for this has been a fierce debate about what to do with Big Ten football. Originally, the Big Ten pushed the season back but after other Power 5 conferences held on fiercely to playing in the fall as scheduled there has been some second guessing about the decision.

 
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