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A young male student walks past Sather Tower (aka the Campanile) and other campus buildings on a sunny day on the main campus of UC Berkeley in downtown Berkeley, California, May 21, 2018. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

BERKELEY, Calif. (KRON) – Three student-athletes at Cal Berkeley have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the athletics department.

The department has implemented contact tracing and protocols for testing.

Of the three students who tested positive, one went back home, which is out of the Bay Area.

As part of the voluntary outdoor workout plan, a total of 96 student-athletes have been tested for coronavirus.

Cal Athletics say they will follow the public health recommendations for self-isolation, self-quarantine, monitoring symptoms and treatment.

At this time, no athletic activities have started back up. However, on June 17, student-athletes were allowed to return to campus for ‘voluntary outdoor workouts.’

The workouts start date has been delayed as contact tracing remains in progress.

Cal Athletics released a statement:

‘Under a comprehensive plan, protocols call for student-athletes to self-quarantine in their residences upon arrival and undergo testing for both past and current infection of COVID-19.  If a student-athlete is clear and has no active infection, the next step is to receive a pre-participation physical and medical clearance. Voluntary workouts and physical activity may begin after receiving clearance.’

Before student-athletes and staff can return to campus, they must complete a mandatory training that will include learning about signs, symptoms, evaluation, and testing for COVID-19.

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