Saturday’s ACC college football game between No. 7 Notre Dame and Wake Forest has been postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak on the Fighting Irish.
The game had been scheduled for a 12 p.m. kickoff in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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Below is the press release from Notre Dame announcing the decision:
A total of 94 COVID-19 tests were administered to Notre Dame Football student-athletes on Monday. Of those 94, there were seven positive tests, according to University Physician Dr. Matt Leiszler. Those seven student-athletes are in isolation and their close contacts have been/are being identified.
In consultation with the St. Joseph County Department of Health, the Notre Dame Football program has decided to pause all football-related activities until further testing is completed. Combined with last week’s testing results, a total of 13 players are currently in isolation, with 10 in quarantine.
The ACC and Wake Forest have been notified, and the process of rescheduling the game originally slated for Sept. 26 is underway.
“With student-athlete health and safety our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures,” said Dick Corbett Head Football 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.”
Per ESPN, Wake Forest athletic director John Currie said both schools have an open date on their schedules for a possible makeup game.
“I know everyone involved is saddened to be unable to play this weekend, but based on the circumstances it is the right decision,” Currie said in a statement. “We are already discussing options for rescheduling with the ACC and our future opponents, including the possibility of playing on the October 3rd weekend.”
ESPN reports “this is now the fourth ACC game impacted because of coronavirus issues.”
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.
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