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Utah Gymnastics Releases Statement After Kara Eaker’s Positive COVID Test

Utah Red Rocks co-head coach Tom Farden watches the area screen during an NCAA gymnastics meet versus the Brigham Young Cougars at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. Chris Samuels, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Gymnastics head coach Tom Farden released a statement after Kara Eaker tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

Multiple reports surfaced on Monday morning that Kara Eaker, who is an alternate for Team USA Gymnastics, tested positive for COVID-19.

Red Rocks head coach Tom Farden released the following statement on Monday afternoon.

“We are devastated and heartbroken for Kara as she worked extremely hard to become a part of Team USA in Tokyo,” Farden’s statement read. “Unfortunately, the virus is still very present and can affect fully vaccinated indivuduals. We will support her in any capacity she may need with the many resources we have here at Utah. Our entire community is behind her through this difficult time and wish her a speedy recovery.”

The Associated Press confirmed the positive COVID-19 test for Eaker along with fellow USA Gymnastics alternate Leanne Wong. Both have been placed in isolation.

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Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.