Michigan State football team will quarantine for 14 days following more positive COVID-19 tests

A couple hours after Michigan State Spartans offensive lineman Jordan Reid went on Twitter to ask why the 2020 college football season was being played, the school announced Friday that all members of the football team will quarantine, or isolate, for 14 days.

MSU initially stopped football workouts on Wednesday after a member of the staff tested positive for COVID-19 following a round of testing that took last weekend. During additional surveillance testing, which took place Wednesday, a second staff member and one student-athlete tested positive.

As part of the athletic department’s outline on returning to action, all athletes who come in close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine and isolate.

MSU announced earlier that week students who test positive will be housed in Akers Hall, their off-campus home or permanent residence.

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The players will have to complete surveillance testing again, and be cleared, before returning to workouts.

On Friday morning, Reid, a senior who has started every game the past two seasons, tweeted, “Guys are testing positive across the country left and right…why is there still discussion on a season? Why is it taking so long to make a logical decision? Hmm let me guess REVENUE.”

It was announced on July 17 that three athletes and a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. Five players tested positive in June.

MSU is not the first Power 5 school to suspend summer workouts. North Carolina, Ohio State, Kansas and Kansas State all stopped their workouts at one point following a rise in cases, to name a few. Clemson had 43 student-athletes test positive for COVID-19 throughout the summer, but the school said today it has no active cases.

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