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The coronavirus has drastically affected the sports world, leading to cancellations and postponements from major pro leagues and NCAA events as the world attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19. But as college football players and other athletes across the country have started returning to campus for workouts, many are testing positive for the virus.
Here's a look at several schools who have reported positive COVID-19 tests among their student-athletes. Several schools have decided not to publicly release test results.
Alabama: At least eight Crimson Tide football players have tested positive, according to media reports. The school has said it would not release numbers or details of test results, citing privacy laws.
Arkansas: One unspecified Razorbacks athlete tested positive, the school announced June 4. Football workouts began June 8.
Arkansas State: Seven athletes for the Red Wolves, across three different (unspecified) sports, have tested positive. An confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser on June 7. All three were asymptomatic.
Austin Peay: All athletics suspended after 11 athletes tested positive. Athletes cannot return to facilities until July 16.
Baylor: Three unspecified athletes tested positive of 59 who were tested, the school announced June 16. One was symptomatic and all three are in self-isolation.
Boise State: The football team suspended voluntary workouts Through June 28 after eight positive or presumed positive COVID-19 tests from individuals who were on campus, according to a press release sent out by the school on June 22. The release did not specify if any of the positive tests came from athletes.
California: A total of 96 student-athletes, mainly football players have been tested as part of a voluntary outdoor workout program at Cal, with three testing positive, the school announced on June 30.
Central Florida: Of the 60 Knights football players who returned to campus on June 1, three positive tests were announced by the school on June 9.
Clemson: The athletic department has completed 430 tests since June 1, 11 student-athletes test positive for COVID-19, the school confirmed on June 23. The school will not reveal the names of the athletes and the sports they are participating in. UF has tested athletes on the football, volleyball and soccer teams.
Florida State: The Seminoles have had one football player test positive, a school spokesman confirmed to the Tallahassee Democrat on June 9.
Grand Canyon: The men's basketball team was on quarantine after department announced an additional two positive tests on June 15 for a total of three positive tests and 343 negative tests.
Iowa State: The Cyclones revealed on June 12 an athlete on the Jayhawk football team has tested positive for the coronavirus. Eighty-six athletes and 110 staff members on the Jayhawk football team have been tested through June 20, according to the release.
Kansas State: Fourteen members of the athletic department tested positive out of 130 tests as of June 19, according to the school. Kansas State six tested positive for past infection. Those athletes were subsequently cleared to participate in voluntary workouts after an evaluation process.
Louisiana: Three Ragin' Cajun athletes in unspecified sports have tested positive, tested positive for COVID-19 since athletes returned to campus for voluntary workouts, the University of Louisiana System reported on June 25.
Louisiana-Monroe: The school has had one student-athlete and one staff member test positive since athletes returned to campus for voluntary workouts, the University of Louisiana System reported on June 25.
LSU: At least 30 football players for the defending national champions two student-athletes test positive for COVID-19 since athletes returned to campus for voluntary workouts. The school had previously announced on June 15 that one football player had test positive.
Marshall: Two Thundering Herd football players as well as one unspecified student-athlete have tested positive. The school also had a positive test from an employee.
Michigan: There were positive results for COVID-19 after a second round of testing on June 22, bringing the school's total to five as of June 25.
Minnesota: The Golden Gophers announced that seven athletes across multiple, unspecified sports tested positive in June. The athletics department said a total of 170 COVID-19 tests were conducted.
Mississippi: Ole Miss had one positive student-athlete test, with nine others going into quarantine after contact with the positive case. One Rebels staff member also tested positive, as did one athlete who tested positive before arriving on campus.
Mississippi State: Four Bulldogs football players have tested positive, a school spokesman confirmed to the Clarion Ledger on June 12. Approximately 100 football players were tested. Voluntary workouts resumed June 8.
New Mexico: Athletic director Eddie Nunez said 88 athletes, coaches and staff were tested, with just one positive test before voluntary workouts begin the second week of July.
North Dakota State: The FCS football powerhouse announced that a student-athlete (sport unspecified) tested positive on June 15.
North Texas: Three Mean Green football players were reported to have tested positive on June 11.
Notre Dame: Ninety-one football players and 50 staff members have been tested for COVID-19 with one player testing positive, the football program announced on June 22.
Oklahoma: The school reports 111 football players were tested for COVID-19 on June 29, resulting in seven positive cases. That brings the total number of players with positive tests to 14, with 12 of those cases still active. Two staff members out of 72 tested positive.
Oklahoma State: Three Cowboys football players have tested positive. Senior linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga first positive COVID-19 test within athletic department on June 25 but did not indicate if the individual was an athlete, coach, staff member or when the positive case was determined.
Rutgers: Football coach Greg Schiano said on June 22 that two members of his program tested positive — one before returning to campus. Three players were asked to quarantine after exposure to the player who tested positive after returning.
South Florida: Two Bulls football players tested positive, the school reported on June 17.
Southeastern Louisiana: The school has had two student-athletes and two staff members test positive since athletes returned to campus for voluntary workouts, the University of Louisiana System reported on June 25.
Southern Methodist: SMU athletics reported five positives out of 75 student-athlete tests on June 17.
Tennessee: The Volunteers' men's basketball team told The Bryan-College Station Eagle the number of cases among athletes has increased.
Texas Tech: The athletics department tested positive for COVID-19.
UTSA: Three University of Texas at San Antonio football players have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 4.
West Virginia: Two Mountaineers football players have tested positive for the coronavirus. The school reported the first virus case among its football players on June 15, the first day of voluntary workouts. The second reported case came June 20.