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Another USC athlete tests positive for COVID-19

Workers make their way on the campus of USC in Los Angeles.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Another USC athlete tested positive for COVID-19 , the school said in a statement Friday, bringing the Trojans’ total number of positive cases to two since they began allowing athletes to return to campus two weeks ago.

The two athletes who tested positive were experiencing symptoms and were put in isolation. One player remains in isolation.

No other information about the athletes was disclosed.

The Trojans are still in the first phase of their plan to restart sports amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, with only returning players living in the Los Angeles area on the football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s water polo teams allowed to resume activities.

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The school has conducted 126 tests on athletes who were either coming back to campus for the first time as well as players being retested after returning the prior week.

Only 10% to 20% of classes will be offered in person and on campus, reversing USC’s original decision to reopen for the fall semester.

The next phases of the Trojans’ restart plan are scheduled for Monday (the arrival of non-local returning athletes in the six sports listed above) and July 13 (the arrival of new and incoming athletes in those sports).

“USC will continue to closely monitor and conduct regular testing of any student-athlete returning to voluntary workouts,” the statement said.

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The football team’s season is scheduled to begin two months from Sunday with a Sept. 5 neutral-site game against Alabama at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


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