Michigan athletics paused two weeks due to COVID-19 variant

Michigan athletics has been placed on a two-week pause starting Sunday due to positive tests for a variant of the COVID-19 virus, the university announced Saturday night.That means the No. 7 Wolverines basketball team, currently sitting in first place in the Big Ten, will need to postpone and reschedule at least four games — Penn State (Jan. 27), Indiana (Jan. 30), Northwestern (Feb. 3), and Michigan State (Feb. 6).Michigan is 13-1 overall, 8-1 in the conference.”The mandate follows positive test results for the SAR-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 variant virus infections from several individuals linked to the U-M Athletic Department through its diligent testing regiment,” Michigan said in a statement posted to its website.”Therefore, a pause of all athletic activities and a closure of all U-M athletic facilities are being taken to strengthen the public health intervention,” the statement said. “Team members (student-athletes, coaches, and team staff) must immediately isolate/quarantine effective Jan. 23 until further notice and up to 14 days (Feb. 7).”