Virginia Head Football Coach Broco Mendenhall arrives with his team at Memorial Stadium before their game against the Clemson Tigers, Oct 3, 2020; Clemson, South Carolina, USA;  at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

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Seven Virginia players, assistant coach out after COVID-19 testing

Already facing a daunting task in playing at No. 1 Clemson on Saturday night, Virginia announced shortly before the game that seven Cavaliers players and one full-time coach would miss the game because of issues related to COVID-19 testing.

The university said in a statement that the players are either in isolation or self-quarantining for positive tests or contact tracing, and that the coach is in isolation after testing positive.

“The individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 were notified according to local health guidelines as a means to trace contacts,” the statement read in part. “Those individuals will self-isolate for at least 10 days, or until symptoms are resolving plus 24-hours fever free (whichever is longer) and be medically evaluated before they will be cleared to resume daily sports participation. Known close contacts of those who test positive, as determined by the Virginia Department of Health, will be asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days and are unable to participate in daily sports activities during that time.”

Virginia also postponed its women’s volleyball match scheduled for Saturday against Duke, with injuries and positive tests reportedly the cause. And the Virginia men’s soccer team postponed its season opener Saturday at Virginia Tech, though the reason has not been reported.

On Monday, Virginia announced that 22 positives came back out of 1,168 tests administered from Sept. 21-27, bringing the university’s total to 64 positives in 4,973 tests since early July.

The university did not reveal which sports had positives, but football coach Bronco Mendenhall said at the time, “We have not had a player test positive since they arrived back. The players that tested positive, and there were three, it was attributed to what they came back with. There’s been nothing since then. Not one.”

He then acknowledged that fact could change quickly.

Virginia entered the game 1-0 with a 38-20 win over Duke last weekend. The Tigers are 2-0 and received 55 of 62 first-place votes in the most recent AP Top 25.

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