After testing positive for a new strain of coronavirus in Michigan athletics, the State Department of Health and Human Services closed all facilities and halted all University of Michigan teams and activities for up to 14 days, according to a statement from the school.
According to the publication, the state is careful with the new SAR-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 strain of the virus, which is “approximately 50 percent more transmissible”. All athletes, coaches and staff may need to be quarantined for two weeks starting Saturday.
“Canceling competitions is never something we want to do, but with so many unknowns about this variant of COVID-19, we must do everything we can to minimize the spread between athletes, coaches, staff and other schools,” Michigan said Sports director Warde Manuel in the statement.
It’s unclear how games and other teams could be affected beyond the possible two-week quarantine.
The Michigan # 7 men’s basketball team defeated Purdue 70:53 on Friday night in West Lafayette, Indiana. The # 11 women’s team lost 81-77 against the state of Ohio in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday.
Both teams could potentially miss four games.