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COVID-19 Outbreak Postpones Louisville-Virginia Game

Brock Fritz

The University of Louisville football team has put everything on pause and pushed its game at Virginia back from Saturday until Nov. 14 due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Louisville athletic department’s Wednesday press release said it has paused “all team-related activities indefinitely due to a heightened quantity of positive COVID-19 tests and accompanying contact tracing measures among the Cardinals’ staff and team members.”

“We are taking a precautionary measure to pause due to the number of student-athletes and staff that have been impacted by the virus," Louisville director of athletics Vince Tyra said in the statement. "With Virginia and us both having a bye week on November 14, we are fortunate to reschedule the game for that date. It also avails us a chance to gauge any further spread of the virus. Test results from both Friday and Sunday will dictate when we return to team activities. We appreciate the ACC and Virginia working with us at this time."

According to CBS Sports, Tyra said 10 Louisville players have tested positive for COVID-19 while five are out due to contact tracing. Five support staff members have also tested positive, with two in quarantine.  The Cardinals are following the minimum outlined protocols within ACC Medical Advisory Group report.

It’s the second ACC game to be postponed this season. North Carolina also had a non-conference game against Charlotte canceled.

The ACC’s statement noted that the Louisville-Virginia game is “tentatively” rescheduled for 3:30 p.m. Nov. 14. The ACC’s 11-game regular-season schedule included two weeks off for each team.

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