Coronavirus outbreak on Notre Dame’s football team is getting worse, not better (UPDATE)

UPDATE (2:12 p.m.): ESPN reports Notre Dame will resume practice on Wednesday after identifying the root cause of the football team’s coronavirus outbreak. Read more about that here.

Things are getting worse, not better, for No. 5 Notre Dame, which is dealing with a coronavirus outbreak on its football team.

The latest round of testing revealed 18 new cases of COVID-19.

Notre Dame postponed its game Saturday against Wake Forest because of the outbreak. According to the Notre Dame athletic department, seven players initially tested positive for COVID-19 and the school had a total of 13 players in isolation, with 10 in quarantine.

“With student-athlete health and safety our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures,” said head coach Brian Kelly. “We managed an increase in positivity rates in August, and the players handled it wonderfully. We knew COVID would present challenges throughout the season, and we’ll always put student-athlete health and safety at the forefront of our decision making. We look forward to resuming team activities and getting back on the playing field.”

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The Fighting Irish and Demon Deacons rescheduled the matchup for Saturday, Dec. 12 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Notre Dame (2-0), normally an independent, is playing in the ACC this season as part of the conference’s revised plan for the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Notre Dame is off this week and is scheduled to return to the field on Oct. 10 against Florida State.

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