By Jenna Thomas
The Cleveland State University women’s basketball season kickoff will be postponed until Dec 19, following a student-athlete testing positive for COVID-19. The exposure will cause the cancellation of at least the first four games, and, according to the department of athletics, potentially more in the future.
“Further scheduling impact related to these or any possible future positive tests, and subsequent quarantine of close contacts, will be evaluated in the coming week in consultation with CSU sports medicine staff and the Horizon League.”
This will surely not be the last time that a student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19 or becomes exposed. In fact, Summit County’s Department of Public Health released a statement on December 7 urging all high school and college sports programs to halt all competitions and practices.
Cuyahoga Community College has already suspended all of its spring 2021 athletic programs. These kinds of pressures could cause similar shutdowns at Cleveland State. The Director of Athletics, Scott Garrett, recognized this need for broad support and addressed this in his athletics department update.
While the team waits for their quarantining to end, they continue to meet virtually.
As of Dec 8, there are 31 CSU students who are in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 and 63 students in quarantine because of exposure from a COVID-19 positive person. In addition, five employees are currently isolating and seven are quarantining. The university updates these numbers every Wednesday and can be found here.