All University of Michigan athletics on 2-week pause after outbreak of COVID-19 variant

By: | January 26, 2021

Michigan’s athletic department is shutting down for two weeks due to confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant, a department spokesperson confirmed with the Free Press recently.

The shutdown will affect all sports, including sports that are currently in season like men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball (which was moved from the fall) and ice hockey. The pause will start immediately.

No changes being made to any other university operations. There are now five cases now confirmed with B.1.1.7, the highly contagious COVID-19 variant, in Washtenaw County. The outbreak traces back to one female student athlete, sources said.

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