The University of Mississippi is quarantining nine student-athletes after they came into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, the Mississippi Clarion Ledger reported Sunday.

According to the report, the student-athletes will be quarantined at their Oxford residences for 14 days and will self-monitor for symptoms, Ole Miss assistant athletic director Shannon Singletary told the Clarion Ledger.

Singletary added that those nine student-athletes will not take part in voluntary activities for those two weeks and are advised to avoid other people.

Close to 70 student-athletes returned to athletic facilities at the Oxford campus on June 1, and every one of them -- as well as all staffers who returned -- received COVID-19 and antibody tests.

Singletary told the paper that the athletic department has tested nearly 290 people since June 1.

"All athletes have not returned to campus and we do not have all employees back on campus since we are using a phased approach to reopening athletics," Singletary said. "The remaining athletes will be tested as they return to campus for their physical exams to start voluntary activities."

The Clarion Ledger reported on June 4 that one student-athlete and one athletics staffer tested positive for COVID-19 on campus.

--Field Level Media

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