Michigan football goes virtual Monday; Harbaugh: 'Awaiting the results of confirmatory tests'
Michigan football paused team activities Monday because of concerns about COVID-19.
“Yeah, today, out of an abundance of caution, Michigan football is going to hold everything virtually due to — we had an increased number of presumptive positives that are awaiting confirmation,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said during his weekly news conference.
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“That’s an increased number from zero. It was more than one. It was a few. So it was increased.”
Harbaugh declined to predict whether the Wolverines would play Saturday against Maryland. He did not seem to think the increase was due to travel over Thanksgiving, saying, “There wasn’t a lot of travel. You’re talking about — there wasn’t any air flights, things of that nature.”
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"This is day to day," Harbaugh said. "When the results come back, we’ll monitor those results and as always continue to be very proactive.”
When Harbaugh was asked if anyone tested positive before this past weekend's game against Penn State, he answered, "Yes."
He also revealed the Wolverines have had players unable to play due to presumptive positive tests. Although it releases a weekly case update, Michigan's athletic department has not revealed the number of positive tests specific to the football program this fall.
“Everybody’s tested daily," Harbaugh said. "We’ve been tested four times since Friday and every day before that. Even if they’re a presumptive positive the day before the game, night before the game, they’re not allowed to play, which we’ve had, too.”
For now, the Wolverines are in a holding pattern.
“We’re gonna follow all protocols," Harbaugh said. "We’re awaiting the results of confirmatory tests.”