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REPORTS: Boston College Swimming & Diving Practices Suspended Due to COVID 19 [Updated]

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Update 9/10: As of this evening, the numbers on Boston College’s COVID 19 reporting website have greatly increased. Yesterday, 38 total undergraduate cases had been confirmed and 30 students were listed as being in isolation. Now those number have jumped to 46 positive COVID tests amongst undergraduates just between 9/7 and 9/10, with the total of positive tests since testing began in mid-August rising to 81. BC also now lists 68 students in isolation.

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According to reports in the Boston Globe, the Boston College swimming and diving team has been forced to suspend practices due to COVID 19. A source told the Globe that at least 13 members from the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs have tested positive for COVID 19. Student athletes began showing signs of illness on Monday, which was the last day that the teams practiced.

Boston College confirmed that there were positive tests within the program but did not provide the Globe with a specific number. The school representative stated that all athletes who tested positive are now in quarantine and are complying with BC’s COVID 19 policies.

These positive results come just about a week and a half ahead of Boston College beginning the fall sports season, as the football team is scheduled to face Duke on September 19. The logistics of keeping all students, but particularly student athletes, healthy during an ongoing pandemic has been the source of much concern over the past few months. However, according to BC there has been only a single positive COVID test within the football program, and that positive occurred early in the summer.

As of right now, the Boston College website confirms 40 positive tests on campus since August 14th out of 22,239 tests. Of that, 38 positives have been undergraduate students. The website currently lists only 3 positive tests over the past week, so it appears as though the alleged swimming and diving positives have not yet been added in. As of this Tuesday, BC lists 10 students in isolation on campus, 20 students that have returned home to quarantine, and 8 students that have fully recovered from COVID 19.

We will update this article as more details are made available.