Rutgers Joins Michigan State in Pausing Workouts After Numerous Positive COVID-19 Tests

By 11W Staff on July 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker
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Three days after Michigan State paused its preseason workouts due to a staffer testing positive for COVID-19, Rutgers released a statement Saturday afternoon that it's shutting down team activities as well after a total of 10 tests came back positive for the virus. 

"Since returning to campus on June 15, Rutgers Football has experienced four positive tests for COVID-19," the statement read. "Today, we learned of six additional positive COVID-19 results in our latest weekly testing cycle. As a result, 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."

Rutgers University is located right next to the heart of America's original coronavirus hotbed in New York City, but the area has seen a steep decline in positive tests going into the summer.

But the virus has enough presence in the Scarlet Knights program to put a halt on voluntary workouts. It's a move Michigan State made on Wednesday after one of its staffers tested positive. The team went under quarantine and testing was ramped up to prevent further spread.

The Spartans and Scarlet Knights join a host of universities who've had to pause workouts, including Ohio State and Clemson.

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