WMU suspends all sports due to COVID outbreak

Nine athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 spurring the decision to halt athletics.

Western Michigan University is halting all athletic activities at the school after nine players tested positive for COVID-19.

The call came down Thursday morning. The nine positive cases were from players on four different teams including the school’s football team.

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“Out of an abundance of caution, the athletics division has taken extra measures by suspending practice until the full extent of transmission can be assessed,” reads a statement issued by the WMU Athletic Department.

According to MLive, the infected students are being quarantined, but Associate Athletic Director Robin Hook said they are concerned because of who those students may have had contact with.

“There are quarantines for several student-athletes at this point, which is the reason [for the suspension] more so than the positive tests. The quarantining of student-athletes because of the contact tracing,” he said.

All student-athletes were tested for COVID-19 when they returned to campus, but an anonymous source close to the football program said some athletes hadn’t been tested since June.

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