Report: Recent on-campus party forced Rutgers to halt football workouts, quarantine entire team
Rutgers became the second B1G school to quarantine its entire football team over the weekend, following the latest results of positive COVID-19 testing among student-athletes, staff and coaches. At the time, no other information was released.
However, a recent report from Keith Sargeant of NJ.com says that a recent on-campus party that was attended by various member of Rutgers’ athletic programs, including football players, is the cause behind the recent outbreak on campus. State health officials cited the party as the reason why the Scarlet Knights had to shut down operations, as well.
Over the weekend, Rutgers released a statement saying all members of the football team were in quarantine. The news came just a few days after Michigan State made a similar announcement.
State health commissioner Judith Persichilli pointed to parties and indoor and outdoor gatherings as a reason behind a number of new cases in the state of New Jersey.
“There’s been an outbreak of Rutgers football players, with 15 of them testing positive,” said Persichilli. “These examples that we shared today account for 125 new cases of COVID-19 in our state. Every single one of those cases has the potential to infect other people. Their grandparents, parents, siblings, friends, loved ones, and if any one of them have underlying conditions…the result could be fatal.”
A spokesman from Rutgers has not responded to the statement, according to NJ.com.
On Saturday afternoon, the Rutgers Athletic Department sent out a message, stating the football team was in quarantine.
“Since June 15, Rutgers had seen just four positive results when testing student-athletes, coaches and other staff,” the statement said. “As a result in the recent round of testing, the program has decided to pause all workouts and quarantine the entire team.
“As a result, we have paused all in-person team activities, quarantined our entire program and will work diligently with Rutgers medical experts, and state and local officials to determine next steps.”