Rutgers, Michigan State Football Teams in Quarantine

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A pair of Big Ten Conference football teams are in full quarantine after recent COVID-19 breakouts.

The Rutgers and Michigan State athletic departments announced late last week that their entire football teams are being quarantined for two weeks. CBS Sports reported that Rutgers took the protective measure after six players tested positive for COVID-19, while Michigan State acted after one player and two staff members tested positive.

“Based on early results from COVID-19 testing conducted over the last week on football staff and student-athletes, which included a second staff member and one student-athlete testing positive on Thursday, all members of the football team will quarantine or isolate, while awaiting completion of a 14-day quarantine,” the July 24 Michigan State athletic department release said. “As part of the athletic department's return to campus policy, student-athletes quarantine when coming into close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. The university has designated areas available to house individuals in quarantine as needed based upon the living arrangements for student-athletes. Surveillance testing of student-athletes was completed on Wednesday, July 22 as previously planned, and will be repeated prior to their clearance to return to workouts.”

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