BOSTON – America East announced in a statement Wednesday that Maine men’s basketball may have been exposed to COVID-19 during its America East quarterfinal game at Vermont on March 7th.
“The health and safety of our fans and communities is paramount. Out of an abundance of caution, we, in conjunction with the Collegiate Officiating Consortium of which we are a member, are notifying the public that we are aware of two persons on the floor during tournament games who have tested positive for COVID-19,” the conference said.
Maine confirmed there were two officials on the floor during its game against Vermont.
“We are working with our student-athletes and staff to ensure their safety. All members of the traveling party are self-isolating through March 21; the date which marks 14 days from possible exposure. At this time, no student-athletes or staff who traveled to the quarterfinal game have reported any symptoms.”
America East added that one or both of these persons were also on the floor for three other games:
March 9: UIC vs. Wright State at Indiana Farmers Coliseum (Indianapolis, IN) – Horizon League Tournament semifinal
March 10: Manhattan vs. Fairfield at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, NJ) – Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal
Match 11: Manhattan vs. Siena at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, NJ) – Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal
America East added that it will continue to adhere to the guidance issued by the CDC and federal and state governments during the COVID-19 pandemic.