Entire Michigan State football team quarantined after second staff member tests positive for COVID-19
Michigan State’s entire football team is under quarantine for the next 14 days, the school announced on Friday.
On Friday, the school sent out a release, stating that all members of the football team will be quarantined for the next 14 days after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. One week ago, Michigan State reported that one staff member tested positive for the virus.
The school revealed that, in the latest batch of test results, it was learned that another staff member tested positive.
“Based on early results from COVID-19 testing conducted over the last week on football staff and student-athletes, which included a second staff member and on student-athlete testing positive on Thursday, all members of the football team will quarantine or isolate, while awaiting completion of a 14-day quarantine,” the statement read. “As part of the athletic department’s return to campus policy, student-athletes quarantine when coming into close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. The university has designated areas available to house individuals in quarantine as needed based upon the living arrangements for student-athletes.
“Surveillance testing of student-athletes was completed on Wednesday, July 22 as previously planned, and we be repeated prior to their clearance to return to workouts.”
Several schools across the country — including Indiana, Maryland and Ohio State in the B1G — have instituted temporary pauses on team activities due to an abundance of caution. However, Michigan State is the first known program to place all football players in a 14-day quarantine due the virus.
Earlier this week, Michigan State paused all team workouts due to the virus.