HARTFORD - Six University of Connecticut football players have tested positive for the coronavirus, leading the school to suspended all team activities.
UConn canceled its football season earlier this month, becoming the first Bowl Subdivision team to make that decision. But the team still had been practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays and weight training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“Following these most recent test results, we feel that temporarily pausing football activities is the best course of action for the team and the campus population,” David Benedict, the school's athletic director said. “The well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff is our top priority and we are focused on the health of those who have become infected. We will remain vigilant in this area and will take all necessary action to ensure the health of our university community.”
The school said other student-athletes who have come in contact with the six players have been placed in quarantine.
It was not immediately clear if any of the infected football players were reflected in the 11 positive tests the university reported Wednesday among the entire student body in advance of classes starting at the end of the month.
In other coronavirus related news:
Organizers of the Manchester Road Race have decided to go forward with a scaled-down version of the annual iconic Thanksgiving Day run.
Under the plan, the race - which normally draws more than 10,000 participants from around the world to the city - will be limited to 500 runners. They would set off during staggered start times, beginning at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning.
Registration opens on Oct. 1, but the organizers have not said how they will choose the 500 participants.
They also plan to offer a virtual version of the race, allowing runners to complete the unique 4.748-mile run anywhere they please and submit their times.
"We sincerely believe that by utilizing this hybrid approach, we can safely keep the town’s Turkey Day tradition alive in a manner that is totally consistent with state public health mandates,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee.