Notre Dame players test positive for COVID-19, USF players and Bulls travel team tested negative

Notre Dame postpones football game against Wake Forest due to positive COVID-19 tests
Posted at 3:58 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 20:29:46-04

Notre Dame said Tuesday that they had postponed their game against Wake Forest due to players testing positive for COVID-19.

"A total of 94 COVID-19 tests were administered to Notre Dame Football student-athletes on Monday," the press release stated.

The announcement comes just days after Notre Dame faced USF in South Bend, Indiana. According to USF Bulls officials, the players were tested for coronavirus once in Tampa before hitting the road, once in South Bend, once more on Monday after the game and will test again Wednesday morning. So far, all players and the team's travel party have tested negative.

USF officials say they're looking through game film to identify the Bulls players that may have come in contact with the Fighting Irish players who tested positive.

Notre Dame officials say 13 players are currently in isolation, with 10 in quarantine. Officials have paused all football-related activities until further testing is complete.

“With student-athlete health and safety, our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures,” said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. “We managed an increase in positivity rates in August, and the players handled it wonderfully. We knew COVID would present challenges throughout the season, and we’ll always put student-athlete health and safety at the forefront of our decision making. We look forward to resuming team activities and getting back on the playing field.”

Notre Dame is aiming to reschedule the game for Sept. 26.