Due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Wisconsin football team has suspended all team-related activities for at least 7 days, which resulted in the cancellation of Saturday’s 9th Bad game against Nebraska.
The game will not be rearranged.
As of Wednesday morning, all 12 people in the program had tested positive for the coronavirus in the past five days. The total includes six student athletes and six staff, including head coach Paul Klester.
The University of Crest said in a statement released on Wednesday: “This morning, I received a message that I tested positive through a PCR test performed yesterday.” “I notified my staff and The team is currently in isolation at home. As of this morning, I have not had any symptoms and feel good.
“I am disappointed that our players and coaches put in so much preparation every week. But the safety of everyone in our plan must be our top priority, and I support the decision to suspend team activities.”
The university stated that the decision to suspend the sports team was made by sports director Barry Alvarez and Prime Minister Rebecca Blank.
Alvarez said in a statement: “We have said from the beginning that the health and safety of our student athletes, coaches and staff are paramount.” “In the past few days, we have seen more and more Of student athletes and staff have contracted this virus. The responsible thing we must do is to suspend football-related activities for at least seven days.”
Sources told ESPN earlier this week that ger quarterback Graham Mertz’s positive test for COVID-19 was confirmed and that there would be at least 21 days to wait.
Mertz starred in the Wisconsin-Illinois opener last Friday, and his antigen test tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. He performed a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which confirmed Monday’s results.
The “Top Ten” policy requires any player who tests positive for COVID-19 to miss at least 21 days and undergo a heart screening before being allowed to return.
According to sources, Sanxian quarterback quarterback Chase Wolfe also tested positive, confirming the Milwaukee Daily report. If Wolf’s positive test is confirmed, he will also be absent for at least 21 days before he can take action.
An Illinois spokesperson said that as of Wednesday morning, he has not been informed of any positive tests of Illinois
Wisconsin’s next game will be at home against Purdue University on November 7.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg contributed to this report.