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SOUTH BEND, Ind.–College football has come to a stop in Indiana. Notre Dame has postponed this weekend’s game against Wake Forest because seven players have tested positive for coronavirus.

“A total of 94 COVID-19 tests were administered to Notre Dame Football student-athletes on Monday. Of those 94, there were seven positive tests,” said University Physician Dr. Matt Leiszler. “Those seven student-athletes are in isolation and their close contacts have been/are being identified.”

He said the decision was made in consultation with the St. Joseph County Department of Health.

“The Notre Dame Football program has decided to pause all football-related activities until further testing is completed. Combined with last week’s testing results, a total of 13 players are currently in isolation, with 10 in quarantine.”

The school said the ACC and Wake Forest have been notified, and the process of rescheduling the game originally slated for Sept. 26 is underway.

“With student-athlete health and safety our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures,” said Head Football Coach Brian Kelly. “We managed an increase in positivity rates in August, and the players handled it wonderfully.”

Last week Kelly said players were being tested daily for COVID-19.

“We knew COVID would present challenges throughout the season, and we’ll always put student-athlete health and safety at the forefront of our decision making. We look forward to resuming team activities and getting back on the playing field.”

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