While Michigan football teams are preparing to play the university’s first sporting event in over seven months against Minnesota on Saturday, several other university teams have had exercises affected by COVID-19 outbreaks, sources tell The Daily.
Both the men’s and women’s gymnastics teams have “a few” athletes who isolate themselves due to close contact with athletes who have tested positive, but continue partial team practice.
“This just tells us that we have to be extra, extra careful and that we really have to do this right,” an athlete said in a text message to The Daily.
Men’s gymnastics coach Kurt Golder confirmed the positive issues and the continuation of the exercise in a separate text message to The Daily.
The baseball team also continues despite two positive cases. Exercises are currently taking place in limited capacity, according to a source close to the program, with about two-thirds of the team isolating themselves due to contact tracking that has flagged those who came in close contact with positive players. Sources were given anonymity for this story, as they were not authorized to speak in public.
“We strictly follow all health and safety protocols,” baseball coach Erik Bakich said in a text message to The Daily. “We are not allowed to discuss specific student information.”
The news comes after Washtenaw County issued a home order for Michigan students. Athletic events are not affected by the order, according to the health department’s press release.
According to an email from a spokesman for the university on October 16, 11 students tested positive for COVID-19 between October 10 and October 16 of 1559 tests. It is unclear whether men’s gymnastics, women’s gymnastics and baseball cases occurred during that window.
The university’s spokesman neither confirmed nor denied The Daily’s report in a text message on Tuesday night, referring to the October 16 test number.
Ethan Sears contributed reporting to this story.