Positive coronavirus test pauses William & Mary men’s basketball

Positive coronavirus test pauses William & Mary men’s basketball
William and Mary head basketball coach Dane Fischer directs a practice on January 14, 2020. (Source: WWBT NBC12)

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WWBT) - William and Mary men’s basketball has paused all activities after a positive coronavirus test within its program.

The Tribe was notified of the positive test on Sunday, which was discovered as part of the program’s regular testing protocol. All Tier 1 members of the program, which include players, coaches, trainers and managers, have entered a 14 day quarantine.

“Keeping our student-athletes safe and healthy has been our top priority from the start,” head coach Dane Fischer said in a statement. “The university has made tremendous efforts to protect our entire campus community and the athletics department has an invaluable resource in Dr. Wells, our chief medical officer.  Our protocols are in place to ensure we were able to identify any positive results, contact trace and quarantine as necessary.  We will diligently follow the guidelines set forth in order to ensure the health and safety of the members of our program and community, and look forward to returning to the court when it is considered safe to do so.”

The positive test will wipe five games off of the Tribe’s slate, at least temporarily, including Monday’s scheduled contest at NC State. William and Mary’s home game at Hampton (Dec. 3), as well as road games at George Washington (Dec. 5), Norfolk State (Dec. 9) and Virginia (Dec. 12) have been postponed.

With no further setbacks, the Tribe hopes to resume basketball activities on December 14.

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