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COVID cases halt Potomac State athletics

November 3rd, 2020 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland Times News reports a rash of newly-reported cases at WVU Potomac State College has caused the school to close its athletic facilities and suspend practices. Monday evening, the school reported in a press release that "a total of 18 positive cases have been reported for the campus, with 15 positive tests for students and three among faculty and sta ff." College spokesperson Rene Trezise clarified Tuesday that there are 18 active cases, 15 of which are students and the rest faculty and staff. The school has seen 16 new cases since Oct. 27. Two of those 18 patients who are currently infected, she said, tested positive earlier in the month and their symptoms have lingered.

Before Oct. 24, the release said, the campus only saw five cases. Since resuming classes this fall, the school has had 22 total cases, Trezise said. Most of the current cases are centered around athletic teams, she noted, and school officials are hoping that quarantine can help confine the cases to the affected teams.

Trezise said if the results of surveillance testing to be held this week show that cases are trending in a better direction, “then they’ll look to open the rec center again and continue with practicing.”

Mineral County as a whole is in the midst of a sharp rise in cases, and has seen 275 to date.

Since Sunday, Mineral County has added 24 new cases. Currently, 58 are active.