Rutgers football team quarantined after 15 players test positive

Paola Ditto
Agosto 1, 2020

Fifteen Rutgers football players have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Judith Persichilli, New Jersey's state health commissioner.

During a news briefing on Wednesday, Persichilli stated that outbreaks have occurred due to many indoor gatherings and specifically cited one Rutgers party.

After at least 15 players tested positive for the coronavirus, the Rutgers University football program has been shut down.

"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", the Rutgers athletic department said in a statement.
ESPN is now reporting that an on-campus party at Rutgers that several athletes attended may have led to the coronavirus outbreak that forced the entire team into a two-week quarantine, NJ.com reported on Wednesday. "These examples that we shared today account for 125 new cases of COVID-19 in our state".

The COVID-19 outbreak among the Rutgers football team reportedly stemmed from an on-campus party. "Their grandparents, parents, siblings, friends, love ones, and if anyone of them have underlying conditions. the result could be fatal". The Scarlett Knights join Michigan State as the other Big Ten school now in quarantine due to the virus. On Monday, Michigan State put out its most recent testing figures, revealing that 16 athletes (across all sports) and four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. And Exhibit A as to why it will be almost impossible to have any semblance of even a truncated college football season.

These athletes are generally 18-22 years old.

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