U-M stay home order will not impact Michigan football schedule


Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh met with media members in a Zoom call on Monday, leading into the first week of the 2020 season.

Detroit Free Press

A two-week stay home order for University of Michigan students will not prevent the school’s football team from traveling to Minnesota this weekend for its season opener.

Washtenaw County issued the directive to stem an uptick in COVID-19 cases among the student body.

“We are planning to continue practicing and plan to play our games as scheduled,” Michigan spokesman Dave Ablauf. “We are following the direction of our medical experts.”

So far, Michigan athletics has avoided a coronavirus outbreak. Since testing began in June, 104 positive results have been recorded among the 11,889 student-athletes and staff members who have been examined. The most recent report of COVID-19 cases in Michigan athletics was released Friday.

“We’re sticking together and doing as much as we can to keep ourselves safe and healthy and others as well,” Wolverines football coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. “That’s been a huge priority for us — really back since March. And it will continue to be.”

Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Friday, April 3, 2020. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

However, Harbaugh acknowledged there have been positive cases within the program since Sept. 10 without specifying how many.

After shutting down fall sports in August, the Big Ten reinstated the season last month. In doing so, the league instituted stringent testing protocols, including daily antigen testing and enhanced cardiac screening. For the team to continue practicing and competing, the positivity rate must say at or below 5%. 

Student-athletes who are found to have contracted the virus must sit out 21 days before they are allowed to play in a game.

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