SAGINAW, MI – Saginaw Valley State University has canceled team activities for all its athletic programs until further notice after multiple student athletes attended a party that officials traced to an outbreak of COVID-19.
The university reported 20 new COVID-19 cases Friday, Sept. 25, almost all of which related to the off-campus gathering in Bay County.
SVSU immediately quarantined the attendees after finding out about the party and told them to get tested, according to a message sent to the community Friday afternoon.
All students at the party will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action, according to the release. Others likely to have been exposed at the party are also in quarantine and are being monitored by SVSU’s contact tracing team.
The university is cooperating with the Bay County and Saginaw County health departments in regards to the outbreak, and the latter is helping SVSU with the investigation, according to the release.
The university’s Campus Facilities department will deep clean Ryder Center and its related athletic facilities over the weekend, though the fitness center will remain open.
“This incident demonstrates how easily and how widely this virus can spread,” said SVSU President Donald Bachand in the release. “That is why it is vital that we continue to follow proper precautions for everyone’s health and safety, especially when it comes to avoiding large gatherings. It also underscores the importance of wearing masks, maintaining safe social distancing, completing the daily health screening and washing our hands.”
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