Per, and an announcement from the school, three UCF football players have tested positive for COVID-19.

The players will be isolated for two weeks.

This is not an isolated case. The NCAA cleared football players to return for workouts on June 1, and five Alabama players and three from Auburn have tested positive, as have players from Arkansas State, Texas Tech, Iowa, Marshall and Oklahoma State.

About 60 UCF student-athletes were permitted to return to campus last week for voluntary workouts in strength and conditioning areas and other athletic facilities without the presence or supervision of coaches. Another 20 men’s and women’s basketball players are expected back later in the month. The rest of the student-athlete population could possibly return in July for volunteer workouts depending on health conditions and related logistics.

As part of a health safety plan,  all returning student-athletes had to take part in an initial week of re-orientation that included COVID-19 testing at UCF. That included educational sessions detailing requirements to maintain safe and healthy team and personal environments. All University coaches and other personnel who will regularly interact and come into contact with student-athletes have also been subject to testing.