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RichVintage/iStockBY: MEREDITH DELISO, ABC NEWS(EAST LANSING, Mich.) — All local Michigan State University students have been asked to self-quarantine immediately for the next two weeks to contain the “exponential growth” of COVID-19 cases, county health officials said.At least 342 people affiliated with the East Lansing school have tested positive for the coronavirus since Aug. 24, according to the Ingham County Health Department. In the three weeks prior, there were only 23 such cases, officials said. Cases started to rise once thousands of students returned to the area for the fall semester, officials said.At least a third of the people who tested positive had recently attended parties or social gatherings — and at least a third of those were associated with a fraternity or sorority, the health department said.“This is an urgent situation,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail said in a statement issued Saturday. “The exponential growth of COVID-19 cases must stop. I am concerned about the health and safety of the MSU community, and importantly, I am seriously concerned that unchecked transmission locally will affect the health and safety of all Ingham County residents.”“If we do not slow the spread immediately, we will be dealing with the consequences across the county for months to come,” she added.Until 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 26, students are advised to only attend in-person classes, labs and athletic training. They can also leave for work and for food, medicine, medical care or other necessary supplies that aren’t available via delivery.The recommendation is not an emergency order, though the health department warned that “more stringent and mandatory restrictions will be imposed if students do not comply and break the transmission cycle.”The university stood behind the recommendation. In the statement, Michigan State physician David Weismantel said the quarantine “is another tool” to help them prevent the spread of the virus.East Lansing Mayor Aaron Stephens also voiced support for the health department’s recommendation. “While we know many students are doing the right thing, we are still seeing far too many social gatherings in the off-campus community, where individuals are in close contact without face coverings,” he said in the statement.Michigan State has limited in-person classes for the fall and has restricted the number of students living on campus. According to the Lansing State Journal, there are about 1,200 students living in on-campus apartments and under 2,000 in dorms. An indeterminate number of students live off campus in the area. The school has nearly 50,000 total students.In July, all members of the university’s football team had to quarantine or isolate after two members of the football staff and one student-athlete tested positive for COVID-19.The University of Illinois is currently under a similar lockdown, as it attempts to quell a recent rise in cases. Through Sept. 16, undergraduate students are advised to only leave their residences for essential activities, such as getting food, working or taking mandated COVID-19 tests, and to avoid gathering in groups.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Published on February 14, 2013 at 1:42 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Syracuse has dominated Binghamton for more than a decade. The Bearcats, who SU head coach Luke Jensen considers one of the Orange’s “New York rivals,” have faced SU for five straight seasons. Syracuse has won every contest.Jensen said he knows Syracuse’s self-acclaimed title as “New York’s College Team” annoys some of the other programs in the state, and he’s well-prepared for a very motivated Binghamton team.“I know they want to come in and knock us off,” Jensen said. “We’ve played them many times and it’s been very close since I’ve been here. I expect the exact same type of battle.”Binghamton (2-3) will make the short trek up Interstate 81 to Syracuse (2-5, 0-1 Big East) this Friday to take on the Orange in a battle of Upstate New York foes.The proximity and history isn’t all these two programs have in common. Both teams have a majority of underclassmen that have seen their early-season struggles quickly turn into quality wins in recent matchups.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBinghamton started out the season in a rut. In its first three matches, they won only two head-to-head matchups while dropping 19. In their last two matches, the Bearcats have seen a turnaround, getting two wins over Sacred Heart and Seton Hall.Syracuse has had a similar fate to get its season going. The Orange dropped its first five matches on the road before winnings its past two.“I think we’ve really underachieved the first part of the season,” Jensen said. “I think we’ve really used that 0-5 start to really get more of a togetherness on this team.”Youth will be a prominent factor in Friday’s matchup. Between the two teams, there is only one senior, Binghamton’s Jessie Rubin. Aside from her, Binghamton’s six other athletes are all either freshmen or sophomores.The Orange also relies heavily on its younger athletes. Syracuse features only two juniors among its nine-women roster.One of those juniors, Maddie Kobelt, has been around long enough to have already defeated Binghamton twice in her career. Even with those memories, Kobelt said the Bearcats will be ready for a tough match.“They’ve always been a really feisty team,” Kobelt said. “I know my freshman year, we had a really tight match with them. We were down 3-2 and came back for the win. They’re definitely a tough team. They’re not a walk-over.”After its match against Binghamton, Syracuse will stay at home to wrap up its four-game home stand with a conference tilt against Pittsburgh on Sunday morning. Though the crucial Big East contest looms large, Jensen said Syracuse can’t afford to overlook Binghamton.“We’ve got to win, 2-5 is ugly,” Jensen said. “And I’ve got to answer to my boss and the fan base and everything. We’re playing well. We’ve got two wins in a row and we want to continue that roll.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The Bundesliga remains committed to resuming the season this weekend despite two of Dynamo Dresden’s players testing positive for COVID-19, leading to the entire squad being quarantined for two weeks.Dresden, who are bottom of Germany’s second-tier had been set to face Hannover on Sunday and Fürth next weekend.The positive tests had raised concerns that the German league’s plans of ensuring a resumption of the season might have to be put on hold.However, the Bundesliga’s Chief Executive, Christian Seifert, has said the developments with Dresden would not prevent the two divisions from kicking off. “For the second division that means at the moment that from 81 games, two Dynamo Dresden games can’t be played. We have to see how we deal with that. We are not changing our aim and we are not changing our plans. The aim remains to finish the season,” he told ZDF.He added that Dresden’s case was special, with players from other clubs returning negative tests despite three or four tests.“It is only hypothetical to talk about what would happen if the same thing happens to other teams. A lot of teams are being tested for the third or fourth time and now we have the special case of Dresden”“Just because they have to go into quarantine for 14 days does not mean we have to question the continuation of the second division. There is a number [of postponed games] that means it is not possible to finish the season but what that number is I cannot say. That depends on how many teams are affected and how much time is left to finish the season.