The Maryland football team has moved into The Hotel in College Park, head coach Mike Locksley confirmed Thursday, in an attempt to create a ‘bubble’ after eight players tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.
On Wednesday, the Terps paused all in-person team activities, cancelled Saturday’s game against Ohio State and moved out of their standard living arrangements into individual rooms at the university’s flagship hotel. They will be staying there through mid-day Sunday.
Per protocols announced at the start of the season, any players who tests positive are placed in isolation in apartment-style dorms.
In addition to the daily antigen testing required by the Big Ten, the team is also taking polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing while isolating, as PCR tests are more sensitive in detecting the virus.
While at the hotel, the Terps will be treating this weekend off as a bye week of sorts and evaluating their performance so far this season while preparing to face Michigan State on November 21. But as Locksley stressed, everything is being taken on a day-to-day basis and there is no specific timeline of when the team will be able to return.
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