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Wisconsin coronavirus outbreak up to 22 cases

The coronavirus outbreak at Wisconsin, which already cost the No. 9 Badgers Saturday’s game at Nebraska, is now putting next week’s game against Purdue at risk as well.

Athletic director Barry Alvarez said Saturday morning that the team now has 12 players and 10 staffers who have tested positive, including head coach Paul Chryst.

Wisconsin paused team activities on Wednesday after Chryst became one of the first dozen in the program to test positive for COVID-19. The number grew to 16 on Thursday.

The state of Wisconsin is experiencing a surge in positive cases, with more than 5,000 cases reported three of the past four days.

Under Big Ten rules for the coronavirus pandemic, all players and personnel testing positive are mandated to miss 21 days and test negative for COVID-19 before returning to the team. Two of the team’s three quarterbacks tested positive this week.

Chryst is the second Big Ten football coach known to test positive for COVID-19. Purdue’s Jeff Brohm quarantined following a positive test.

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