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The College of Texas at Austin’s last soccer sport of the common season, towards the College of Kansas, has been canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak infecting 9 gamers and 13 workers members.
“We’re pausing all soccer workforce actions and shutting down soccer coaching services to get a COVID-19 unfold amongst our soccer program below management,” Chris Del Conte, UT-Austin athletic director, mentioned in an announcement.
Along with those that are sick, there are 14 different gamers and 15 staffers in quarantine as a consequence of contact tracing. UT Athletics didn’t reply to requests for extra details about the current outbreak among the many soccer workforce.
“We are going to proceed day by day testing, monitor the scenario and cling to all the medical workforce’s well being and security protocols as we transfer ahead with an abundance of warning on this scenario,” Del Conte mentioned.
This fall, faculty soccer schedules throughout the state and nation had been repeatedly disrupted as applications struggled to maintain college students and workers members secure from the virus in the course of the contact sport. In June, 13 UT-Austin athletes examined constructive for COVID-19. Texas Christian College and Southern Methodist College postponed a sport in early September. Baylor College has needed to postpone a sport and briefly paused football-related actions to cease the unfold of the virus.
The UT-Austin sport towards Kansas had already been rescheduled as a consequence of an outbreak on the Kansas workforce final month. The sport is said a “no” contest and received’t be rescheduled. It’s the one sport Texas didn’t play this fall amid the pandemic.
Earlier this week, Texas A&M College’s rescheduled sport towards The College of Mississippi was additionally canceled this week as a consequence of a mixture of constructive checks and phone tracing on the Ole Miss workforce. The sport may solely be rescheduled if Ole Miss and Texas A&M’s video games on Dec. 19 are additionally canceled.
“We have confused all through 2020, and it is an excellent lesson about life, management what you may management. It is unlucky we’re unable to play Ole Miss this week,” mentioned Aggie Coach Jimbo Fisher in an announcement. “I really feel for our seniors who had been trying ahead to being acknowledged and enjoying at Kyle Discipline. We are going to return to work controlling what we will, and that’s making ready to play Tennessee subsequent week.”
Texas A&M’s sport towards the College of Tennessee was additionally rescheduled from earlier this season after an Aggie participant and workers member examined constructive for the virus in November.
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