College Football On Pause Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

College Football On Pause Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

College Football On Pause Due to COVID-19 Outbreak!

It appears that college Halloween parties are playing a HUGE part in the widespread COVID-19 outbreaks throughout multiple colleges in the U.S. has learned that there are multiple players testing positive for COVID-19 across the U.S. at many prominent colleges.

Here is the latest College Football COVID-19 Outbreak News:

The University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California have postponed this Saturday’s football game because of a COVID-19 outbreak on the Berkeley team.

On Tuesday evening, Berkeley’s Department of Public Health issued a blistering rebuttal to the complaints of the football program and showed that if anything, perhaps Cal shouldn’t have taken the field at all versus Arizona.

In a statement provided to SFGATE, Berkeley’s Department of Public Health laid out previously unreported details about what is clearly a major COVID-19 outbreak in the Cal football program — including that at least 44 people in the program have tested positive for COVID over the past week or so.

The statement begins:

Berkeley Public Health continues to work closely with University Health Services to help contain and respond to a major COVID-19 outbreak involving the coaches, students, and staff in the Cal Football program. All of these 44 lab-confirmed cases involve people infected with highly contagious COVID-19, which spreads easily unless public health safeguards are used.

The game will now be played on Dec. 4.

Jim Knowlton, director of athletics at Berkeley, said:

It was a difficult decision to postpone this Saturday’s game against USC. We know how important every one of our games is to our student-athletes, especially our seniors who have been incredible representatives of the program, but it was the right thing to do. Due to additional impact on specific position groups, we have decided to postpone Saturday’s game. We have had multiple COVID-19 positives within our program, and we are taking every step we can to mitigate the spread and protect the greater community.

University of Michigan:

The University of Michigan is also experiencing a “significant rise” in the number of COVID cases among students over the last week, university officials told All About Ann Arbor.

The University of Michigan released this statement:

Social gatherings without masks continue to be the primary identified route of transmission among students.

Officials have identified two clusters involving 40 students. All the cases were related to a party over Halloween weekend and fall break travel.

Saint Michael’s College:

Saint Michael’s College in Vermont held Friday’s classes online due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

Saint Michael’s, which has about 1,450 undergraduates, reported that 54 of them had COVID-19 when the decision was made.  The college announced another 14 cases Sunday but said classes would meet in person.

Lorraine Sterritt, the president, blamed Halloween parties for the outbreak.

Sterritt said:

The situation we are in was not inevitable. We were doing really well as a community up to the point where there were numerous Halloween parties where students were unmasked and in close contact. We are managing this situation, and we will get back to where we need to be, but we need to be clear about what caused this disruption to all of our lives. It was the disregard for our health and safety guidelines and college policies on the part of some members of our community.

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