GCU basketball team quarantined after positive COVID-19 tests, sports stumble on comeback trail


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Grand Canyon University’s basketball team is in quarantine

Ole Olafson, Reporter

Both college and the pros are looking to get the sports train back on track after everyone got derailed by the coronavirus back in March.

However optimistic fans, players and coaches might have been that everything would be all right with regards to COVID-19, the start of the road back to sports seems rockier than initially expected.

Over the last week or so, the issues that major college football programs have been experiencing since bringing athletes back to campus and more specifically, back into the communities where those colleges are located, have been well documented.

Locally, the entire Grand Canyon University basketball team is reportedly in quarantine.  The Arizona Republic reported yesterday that a press release from the school stated that four players and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.  This led to the entire team to being quarantined on campus, in a designated residence hall, where they will have to remain for two weeks.

The press release states that all four players were asymptomatic and were tested before being allowed to participate in voluntary workouts.

Phoenix Rising FC of the United Soccer League are having a bit of a rough go of it as they try to restart their season after playing only two games before the coronavirus suspension.  According to another Arizona Republic story, four members of the team tested positive for COVID-19 and are in quarantine.  Again, all four players are reported to be asymptomatic, but the positive tests have caused the team, who were scheduled to begin full-contact training this week, to delay that until more testing is done.

An Arizona Coyotes’ staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home.  The staff member is asymptomatic and any players or other staff members who were in contact with them are being closely monitored, according to the team.

In total, 10 NHL players have reportedly contracted the coronavirus since the shutdown.

According to Bleacher Report, two Phoenix Suns players tested positive, causing the team to temporarily shut down its voluntary workouts.  Several players from other teams have also tested positive.

Bob Nightengale reported for USA Today on June 21, that no less than 40 Major League Baseball players and staff had tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous week.