Notre Dame Pauses Football Practice Amid COVID-19 Rise

Notre Dame’s football team has reported two positive cases out of 117 members tested since August 10 and has elected to shut down practice at least temporarily. Tuesday, the campus put a hold on students on-campus learning and Wednesday, the football team halted practicing.

According to reports, there was an off-campus party last weekend that resulted in over 80 positive COVID-19 cases. Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said he is taking proper precautions to handle the latest outbreak among the student body.

According to ABC News, Notre Dame has had 222 confirmed cases out of 1,287 tests since Aug. 3, with 72 new positive tests Tuesday, and 82 Monday.

“Our contact tracing analysis indicates that most infections are coming from off-campus gatherings,” Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, said Tuesday. “Students infected at those gatherings passed it on to others, who in turn have passed the virus onto others, resulting in the positive cases we have seen.”

The football team will continue to make testing results public as soon as they are available, according to ABC News.

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