University of North Carolina shuts down athletic programs through Thursday afternoon after COVID-19 spike

Just 48 hours after saying a COVID-19 outbreak on campus wouldn’t affect plans to play football this fall, the University of North Carolina has suspended all athletic activities through at least Thursday afternoon. Medical expert questions motives of college football decision-makers Click to expand UP NEXT In addition, all recreational […]

Just 48 hours after saying a COVID-19 outbreak on campus wouldn’t affect plans to play football this fall, the University of North Carolina has suspended all athletic activities through at least Thursday afternoon.

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In addition, all recreational facilities on the Chapel Hill campus will be closed to students, coaches and staff.

“After consulting with our health experts and University leadership, we are taking this action to protect our students, coaches and staff,” UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said. “We want to make sure we continue to do everything we can to ensure that that our teams, campus and community remain healthy.”



a close up of a helmet on top of a grass covered field: A North Carolina helmet is shown on the field prior to an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.


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A North Carolina helmet is shown on the field prior to an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

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The school welcomed students back to campus for in-person classes last week, but after at least four clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks, university officials reversed course and moved all classes online. 

Schools in the ACC, SEC and Big 12 are still moving forward with plans to begin their football seasons next month — even after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced the suspension of all sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: University of North Carolina shuts down athletic programs through Thursday afternoon after COVID-19 spike

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