UAlbany Pauses All Athletic Activities After COVID-19 Spike
University of Albany Athletic Director Mark Benson said in a press release from the school that due to a spike in COVID-19 cases the school will be putting all athletic activity on pause indefinitely. UAlbany is working with the Albany County Department of Health to quarantine all affected students. The long term effects of this pause on practice and the eventual return to competition is unknown at this time.
"As a result of a cluster of positive COVID-19 tests within our student athlete population, we are indefinitely pausing all athletic-related activities," said Director of Athletics Mark Benson. "Effective immediately, we also will shift to weekly pool testing of all student athletes as we continue to work with University leadership and the Albany County Department of Health to isolate and quarantine all impacted students."Benson added, "The health and safety of our student athletes, staff, campus and greater community remains our number one priority. It's imperative that we all learn from this and follow the policies in place relative to COVID-19 to ensure that we are responsible community members.
Our top priority today, tomorrow and for as long as necessary must be taking the appropriate steps to stop the spread of this virus. Until then, it is premature to talk about a timeline for a resumption of athletic activities or competition."