Following constructive exams for a brand new coronavirus pressure inside Michigan athletics, the state’s division of well being and human companies has closed all amenities and paused all College of Michigan groups and actions for as much as 14 days, based on a launch from the college.
Per the discharge, the state is taking a cautious strategy to the brand new SAR-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 pressure of the virus, which is “roughly 50 p.c extra transmittable.” All athletes, coaches and staffers are required to quarantine, starting Saturday, probably for 2 weeks.
“Canceling competitions is rarely one thing we need to do, however with so many unknowns about this variant of COVID-19, we should do all the things we will to attenuate the unfold amongst student-athletes, coaches, workers, and to the student-athletes at different colleges,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel mentioned within the assertion.
It is unclear how video games and different groups could be affected past the potential two-week quarantine.
No. 7 Michigan’s males’s basketball squad defeated Purdue, 70-53, in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Friday evening. The No. 11-ranked ladies’s group misplaced 81-77 to Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday.
Each group’s may probably miss 4 video games.