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Arizona pauses plan for athletes’ return to campus amid COVID-19 surge

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Arizona paused its plan to bring athletes back to campus Monday, citing a surge in COVID-19 cases in Pima County and the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the local healthcare system. On June 15, the school started bringing athletes back for voluntary workouts in groups of approximately 20, with new groups arriving each week. Arizona said Monday that it has received only one positive COVID-19 result after testing 83 athletes the past few weeks. Arizona is awaiting clarification on whether it can continue workouts with athletes already on campus after Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday ordered all gyms in the state to close for 30 days as a result of the COVID-19 spike. Arizona reported 3,858 positive COVID-19 cases Sunday, marking its highest single-day total and the seventh report of more than 3,000 cases in the previous 10 days. Pima County now has more than 7,500 confirmed cases. “The health, safety and well-being of all members of our community is our number one priority,