No. 19 ranked Spiders won’t travel to Charleston after positive COVID-19 test

No. 19 ranked Spiders won’t travel to Charleston after positive COVID-19 test
Senior Nathan Cayo had a game-high 23 points to pace Richmond past Morehead State in the Spiders' season opener. (Source: Spider Athletics)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond basketball will not travel to Charleston for its scheduled game on Wednesday, after a positive COVID-19 test within the program, the school announced on Tuesday afternoon.

All basketball activities have been paused as the Spiders perform re-testing and contact tracing. If the re-test comes back positive, Richmond will have to cease activities for 14 days, unless contact tracing dictates the positive person did not have contact with other team members, which seems unlikely.

“We are pausing our men’s basketball program for now in accordance with the guidelines of the CDC, Virginia Department of Health and our University medical professionals,” Director of Athletics John Hardt said in a university released statement. “Although we are extremely disappointed for our student-athletes, our coaches and our fans, the health and safety of our Spider student-athletes and staff must be our top priority. We will continue to follow the guidelines and protocols of the appropriate medical professionals. I know our athletics program, including our men’s basketball student-athletes, coaches and staff will continue to do an excellent job being proactive and following the appropriate protocols. They have all worked extremely hard to ensure the safest environment possible, so this current situation is especially frustrating.”

Richmond is scheduled to hold its home opener on Saturday against Furman, followed by a home game with Northern Iowa on December 9. Trips to West Virginia (Dec. 13) and Vanderbilt (Dec. 16) are slated to follow.

The Spiders become the second Division I men’s basketball program in the commonwealth to announce a positive test since the season started. William & Mary announced that it is pausing basketball activities for 14 days on Monday.

This is a developing story that we will update as we learn more.

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