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Florida Gators confirm 11 athletes have positive coronavirus tests since April

The number includes athletes from "several" teams. It's unclear how many were in the football program.

The Florida Gators have had 11 athletes test positive for coronavirus since April, the school said Tuesday, confirming a report from Sports Illustrated.

It’s unclear how many, if any, are football players; Gators spokesman Steve McClain said the positive cases were across “several” teams.

“As we’ve said before, we will have positive tests and with guidance from UF Health, we feel we are well positioned to manage those cases,” McClain said.

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Athletes from every sport are on campus; some never left once the pandemic hit.

In a Zoom call with reporters on June 9, Florida officials said no football players had tested positive since returning, but two athletes in other sports had previously tested positive. One took place in April on campus, and the other involved an athlete who was away from Gainesville.

Of the 738 positives cases in Alachua County, 211 involve people between the ages of 18-23, according to state data. Of those 211 cases, 125 were confirmed on or after June 10.

Florida State, USF and UCF have all had positive cases involving their football programs. Kansas State and Boise State recently suspended workouts because of coronavirus outbreaks.

Earlier this month, UF officials said they expected to have cases of the novel coronavirus in the program eventually.

“We’re going to have positive cases to deal with,” said Stacey Higgins, an associate athletic director for sports health. “... We are going to have to live with COVID, to be sure.”

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