An increase in COVID-19 cases within the University of Vermont athletic department has forced the school to pause all team activities until Feb. 4.
The school’s athletic department made the announcement in a two-sentence statement on Friday evening. Program activities include games, practices and individual workouts.
“The measure, which follows an increase in positive COVID-19 test results in the athletics program, is being taken to ensure the health and safety of all student-athletes, coaches and staff,” UVM said in the release.
The Vermont Department of Health considers an outbreak to be a scenario in which the virus has spread to more than one person associated with a setting or an event. UVM refused to confirm the number of active cases in the department and the sports directly affected.
“There is Tier 1 personnel from our sport programs currently in quarantine due to the positive tests within the department, some which occurred this week,” said an athletics spokesperson. “We won’t be getting into specifics into how many positives and within which sport programs they occurred.”
UVM’s decision to put a hold on sports comes during a week that saw all games for its basketball and hockey