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Michigan vs. Ohio State game canceled due to increasing number of COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 1:29 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 13:29:35-05

(WXYZ) — The University of Michigan game at Ohio State this Saturday is canceled due to an increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases.

The university says the decision was made after conversations with medical experts, health department officials and university administration.

“The number of positive tests has continued to trend in an upward direction over the last seven days,” said Warde Manuel, U-M’s Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. “We have not been cleared to participate in practice at this time. Unfortunately, we will not be able to field a team due to COVID-19 positives and the associated quarantining required of close contact individuals. This decision is disappointing for our team and coaches but their health and safety is paramount, and it will always come first in our decision-making.”

Several student-athletes have been in quarantine over the past week, the university said.

Michigan will continue daily testing with hopes of getting back on the practice field when cleared by medical professionals.