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Purdue President: Teams Would Stop Activity Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Mitch Daniels said some schools may face having to shut down teams due to an outbreak
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Mitch Daniels said some schools may face having to shut down teams due to an outbreak
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Mitch Daniels said some schools may face having to shut down teams due to an outbreak
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Purdue President Mitch Daniels told a U.S. Senate committee member that "if one of the athletic teams at his school experiences an outbreak of COVID-19, that team would need to stop all activity, at least temporarily," according to Steve Berkowitz of USA TODAY. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Thursday during a hearing of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee asked Daniels, "What happens if you have an outbreak over the course of summer training or in the early fall on the football team or on your women's soccer team? What's your protocol? Do you shut that team down? Do they stop playing the season? Do you just segment off the players who have tested positive?" Daniels in response said, "You would shut it down. And I think that somewhere out there, someone may very well face this situation. ... We love sports, too. But first things first." Meanwhile, initial testing of athletes and staff at Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Marshall have "produced a number of positive tests." Those schools have said that those who tested positive "have been quarantined and that contact tracing has been initiated" (USA TODAY, 6/5).