Marquette Pauses Basketball Due to COVID Positives

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Players on both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Marquette University have tested positive for COVID-19, causing the programs to halt activities for 14 days. 

According to a media release, each team produced one positive test out of a total of 45. The most recent round of tests were conducted on Oct. 19 in accordance with NCAA guidelines.

"We have talked as a team on multiple occasions about keeping our focus on what we are able to control when it comes to the impact COVID-19 has had on our lives," head men's basketball coach Steve Wojciechowski said.  "While there are so many uncertainties with the virus, one action we are able to control is our response to the test results and our efforts as a program to keep everyone associated as healthy and safe as possible."

Marquette Athletics has conducted 809 COVID-19 tests of student-athletes and staff since Aug. 28, according to the release. Among those tests, eight have been positive. Other programs at the school have also been paused as a result of contact tracing.

Meanwhile, the state of Wisconsin — where Marquette is located — has experienced a troubling spike in its coronavirus numbers. WTMJ-TV reports that the state recorded its highest single-day death total on Wednesday, to go along with a record 37,358 active cases. 


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