Appalachian State returning to practice after coronavirus outbreak

Appalachian State's football team is returning to practice Friday after pausing workouts because of a coronavirus cluster.

In a statement, athletic director Doug Gillin said the team will return to work in small groups or "pods." The program is also implementing "more stringent capacity limits" on shared facilities such as the locker room or weight room.

The school said Tuesday night that there have been active cases for seven students and four staffers associated with the team. Gillin's statement Friday said the team went through scheduled testing Wednesday before the school cleared the way for a return to workouts.