Notre Dame identifies source of coronavirus outbreak, makes plans to resume football practice

No. 5 Notre Dame plans to resume practice Wednesday after identifying the source of the coronavirus outbreak among the Fighting Irish football program.

According to ESPN, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly “said team doctors learned the outbreak, which resulted in 25 players in isolation and 14 others in quarantine, stemmed from two events surrounding the Sept. 19 game against South Florida: eating their pregame meal together, and one player who threw up on the sideline during the game and was treated for dehydration.”

“Throughout our entire time together, we had not had one meal where we sat down together,” Kelly said. “Everything was grab and go. We get into our game situation where we have pregame meal together, and that cost us. Big. We had somebody who was asymptomatic, and it spread like wildfire throughout our meeting area where we were eating and then it got guys in contact tracing.”

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

Notre Dame postponed its game last weekend against Wake Forest because of the outbreak. According to the Notre Dame athletic department, seven players initially tested positive for COVID-19.

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The Fighting Irish and Demon Deacons rescheduled their game 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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