Florida Gators confirm 11 student-athletes test positive for coronavirus

Athletes are from several teams

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: A general view during the game between the Florida Gators and the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) (Sam Greenwood, 2019 Getty Images)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida has had 11 athletes test positive for coronavirus since April, the school confirmed on Tuesday to News 4 Jax.

Sports Illustrated’s Zach Goodall was the first to report the news.

“Dating back to April, we’ve had a total of 11 student-athletes from several of our teams test positive,” Gators athletic director Steve McClain said in a statement. “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.”

Florida didn’t identify the athletes or the sports that the athletes play.

It joins a growing list of colleges to announce positive COVID-19 tests for athletes who have resumed workouts. Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and UCF are among schools that have announced that athletes there have tested positive.

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Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.