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MM 11.13: Maryland football in isolation after rise in positive cases

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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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.

In other news

Henry recapped some key takeaways from Maryland men’s basketball media day.

Lila wrote about wide receiver Rakim Jarrett and how his decision to stay home is already paying dividends.

Maryland men’s soccer alum Zack Steffen started for the United States men’s national team against Wales Thursday, leading the team to a clean sheet.

Chol Marial is ready to build his legacy as a Maryland Terrapin.

Mimi Collins is primed to make a difference on the floor after sitting out the 2019-20 season.

Maryland baseball took the field under a nice evening sky Thursday.

Maryland women’s lacrosse threw it back to the superstar tandem of Taylor Cummings and Zoe Stukenberg.