Ohio State has halted all soccer-related activities and closed its athletics administrative offices for a week after an increase in positive tests for the coronavirus, the university said in a statement Tuesday.
The Buckeyes said the decision to pause soccer activities and close the Woody Hayes Athletic Center offices was made jointly by athletic director Gene Smith and team chief physician Dr. Jim Borchers “out of precaution and with the health, safety and well-being of student-athletes, coaches and football support staff and facilities as the highest priority. “
The decision was made after a round of PCR testing on Monday.
“Our decisions about the well-being of our student-athletes, staff members, and those who come to our campus, and our determination about when we will reopen and resume activities, will continue to be guided by our medical staff,” Smith said in a statement. .
“We have been successful in safely hosting nearly 100 sporting events on campus this year with limited interruptions, but this pandemic is not over. We will continue to emphasize the safety measures of wearing masks, consistent and thorough hand washing, and distancing. physical and we will remain vigilant in those areas. “
The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin spring practice on March 19.