Brashlyan’s league is the most active in the country in setting priorities for the health and safety of their student-athletes over sports. Yet, less than a month after Yale allowed his teams to begin limited practices, the school developed a COVID-19 outbreak in his men’s hockey team, infecting 18 members.
The school announced on Tuesday that six members of the hockey team had contracted the coronavirus and 12 more positive cases were identified over the next two days, according to CNN. Yale, which recently switched to phase II physical activity, returned to phase 0 and raised its COVID-19 alert status from “green” (lower risk of viral transmission) to “yellow”
Stephanie Spangler, vice-rector for health and academic integrity, told students that “rigorous” follow-up of contacts had begun and that all athletic teams would stop their personal activities for at least a week. The ice hockey rink will also be closed until at least October 19 for cleaning.
“All other members of the men’s ice hockey team based in the New Haven area, as well as the athletics staff who worked directly with them, were instructed to quarantine and participate in the university’s testing program, whether or not they have been identified as close contacts of infected team members, ”Spangler wrote in a letter to the Yale community.