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Virus cluster at East Carolina pauses football

NCAA Football: East Carolina at Southern Methodist

Nov 9, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; East Carolina Pirates tight end Zech Byrd (84) catches a pass for a touchdown against the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the third quarter at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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East Carolina has paused football activities indefinitely after a coronavirus cluster was reported within the team as well as within a campus residence hall.

The school announced the move Thursday, saying there had been 10 positives associated with the football team and seven associated with Clement Hall.

In a statement, East Carolina’s athletics department said affected individuals would be isolated and contact tracing used to determine close contacts for quarantine.

Athletics director Jon Gilbert said the decision to pause football activities came after consulting with medical staff and reviewing those test results.