All workforce members — together with student-athletes, coaches and workforce employees – should instantly isolate and quarantine till Feb. 7.
ANN ARBOR, Mich — Athletics on the College of Michigan (U-M) might be suspended for 2 weeks following constructive instances of the brand new, highly-contagious COVID-19 variant. The suspension instantly pauses all athletic actions, together with video games and workforce and particular person coaching periods.
On Saturday, the Michigan Division of Well being and Human Companies (MDHHS) introduced that the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 was recognized in specimens from two grownup ladies related to U-M. Beforehand, the college had three recognized instances of the variant.
In response to the college, a number of of the concerned people are linked to the athletic division.
“Canceling competitions isn’t one thing we need to do, however with so many unknowns about this variant of COVID-19, we should do all the pieces we are able to to attenuate the unfold amongst student-athletes, coaches, employees, and to the student-athletes at different colleges,” mentioned Warde Manuel, the Donald R. Shepherd director of athletics.
The variant spreads extra simply between individuals, however the MDHHS says there is no such thing as a indication that it impacts the scientific outcomes or illness severity in comparison with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has been circulating throughout the nation and the world for months.
As a result of contagiousness of B.1.1.7, workforce members – together with student-athletes, coaches and workforce employees – should instantly isolate and quarantine till Feb. 7.
Right now, it’s unknown how the pause will affect scheduled video games past that time.
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