St. Bonaventure cancels athletic workouts Monday after initial positive COVID test; athlete to undergo further testing

By CHUCKIE MAGGIO

The St. Bonaventure University athletic department announced in a press release Monday that a student-athlete tested positive for COVID-19 and athletic workouts were canceled Monday as a precaution.

“In addition to a negative test that each student-athlete needed to submit before traveling to campus as part of University protocol, athletes from all of St. Bonaventure’s 17 Division I sports were again administered COVID-19 tests through the Cattaraugus County Health Department last week,” the release stated. “In addition, any student-athlete who did not spend the summer in the United States was tested every other day over a period of 10 days before receiving clearance to resume workouts.

During the latest round of testing, one individual tested positive on an initial test. That individual is asymptomatic and has since returned a negative result on the University’s Sophia-2 antigen testing machine. That student-athlete will receive a third test (PCR) to confirm results. Out of an abundance of caution, all workout activities for each team scheduled for Monday, Sept. 7, have been canceled.”

The university reported its first COVID-19 case on Friday evening, identifying the student, who was experiencing symptoms, as living off campus. Bonaventure announced Sunday it was suspending 28 students who were identified at an on-campus party on Saturday night for violating the university’s “Community Compact” requiring students to abide by COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

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