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Michigan State football has paused workouts because of a positive COVID-19 test, the athletic department announced Wednesday.
After student-athlete testing was completed Wednesday afternoon, the department became aware of a staff member who produced a positive result during weekend testing.
Because the 20-hour practice week was due to begin, players and staff members would be in larger groups than during voluntary workouts; athletic director Bill Beekman decided to halt activities.
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Until complete results from all surveillance testing are available, the football team will not continue. The 20-hour week features up to six hours of walkthroughs, eight hours of conditioning and six hours of meetings. While other college teams jumpstart those Friday, MSU will wait.
Spartan Stadium is seen on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing on March 16, 2015.
(Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press)
MSU announced Friday that 402 total student-athletes and 104 staffers had been tested for the virus, including 38 athletes and 27 members of the athletic department tested July 13. Seven players have produced positive results.
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Players and staffers who test positive must remain in isolation and undergo daily checks with the athletic training staff. Once an athlete tests positive, they need consecutive negative results to return.
The athletic department began weekly testing June 15.
Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.