The Ivy League has been the most proactive in the country in prioritizing the health and safety of their student athletes over sports. Still less than a month after Yale allowed its teams to begin performing limited practice, the school has seen a COVID-19 outbreak on its men’s hockey team infecting 18 members.
The school announced Tuesday that six members of the hockey team had contracted coronavirus, and another 12 positive cases were found over the next two days, according to CNN. Yale, which had recently progressed to Phase II of physical activity, has returned to Phase 0 and raised its COVID-19 alarm status from “green” (lower risk of viral transmission) to “yellow”
Stephanie Spangler, deputy provost of health affairs and academic integrity, told students that “strict” contact tracking has begun and that all athletic teams would stop personal activities for at least a week. The ice hockey rink will also be closed through at least October 19 for cleaning.
All other members of the men’s ice hockey team in the New Haven area, as well as the athletics staff who have worked directly with them, have been instructed in quarantine and to participate in the university’s test program, regardless of whether they have been identified as close contacts for infected people. team members, ”Spangler wrote in a letter to the Yale community.