42 Badger players, staff test positive for coronavirus


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Health officials say 42 players and staff with the Wisconsin football team have tested positive for COVID-19 as the Big Ten makes plans to get the season started.

Public Health Madison & Dane County says the 42 people tested positive since June when athletes and staff returned to campus.

Twenty-nine of the 42 positive tests were from Sept. 1 through Sept. 15.

The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors reversed an earlier decision to shut down all fall sports because of the coronavirus.

The council voted unanimously to go ahead with the league’s 2020 season beginning Oct. 23 or Oct. 24.

The move came amid sharp pressure from coaches, a lawsuit from players and pressure from parents and even President Donald Trump pushing for a Big Ten football season. The conference is home to a number of battleground states in the November election.

Pres. Trump reacted to the announcement on Twitter, calling it ‘Great News.’

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