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Air Force football game on Saturday against military is interrupted due to COVID-19 outbreak, multiple sources told The Gazette

Second-year Air Force student Timothy Jackson (34) gets attacked by Army defense in second quarter of Falcons vs. Army football game West Point Black Knights at the Falcon Stadium of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 (Chancey Bush / The Gazette)

Air Force sophomore Timothy Jackson (34) gets attacked by Army defense in the second quarter of Falcons football game against West Point Black Knights Army at the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 (Chancey Bush / The Gazette)

Saturday Air Force football game against Army is interrupted due to COVID-19 outbreak, multiple sources told The Gazette

The Gazette previously reported that up to seven Air Force players should not be available, not necessarily because one of them tested positive for COVID-19, but at the suite of contract tracing protocols at the academy that led to quarantines A source said these numbers increased between late Wednesday and early Thursday It is not known whether any players or Air Force personnel tested positive

In an internal memo from athletic director Nathan Pine obtained by The Gazette, he describes increased academy-wide restrictions, including a transition to 100% distance learning

« In consultation with the USAFA leadership team and our doctors, we have no choice but to increase our team’s mitigations as well. We will suspend all training for a period beginning (Thursday) to coincide with 100% COVID testing and distance education, ”Pine said in the memo « All & team training lifts will be suspended for a while (I’m not sure how long this will last now, but until further notice) our facilities will also be closed to cadets for this period.

« With 100% testing hopefully this break will be short and we can isolate the positives and stop the spread of COVID, but the virus will dictate a bit As soon as it’s safe we ​​will return in practice

« This is certainly not where either of us wanted to be in early November, but we have prepared for whatever conditions may require it. We need to reset Thank you for everything you are doing right now , I appreciate that it is not easy for one of us or our athletes « 

The Air Force and Army have no common open dates remaining on the calendar unless they play a game in December 19 in the week between the Black Knights game against the Navy on December 12 and the Independence Bowl, for which he already accepted an invite, on Dec. 26

The Falcons were due to travel to New York on Thursday, a day before most road trips, to adjust to Eastern Standard Time by 9:30 a.m. on Saturdaym Mountain Time kicks off

Falcons player Garry Mossop Jr tweeted Thursday morning, « Welp no football this weekend for us » The tweet was later deleted

The Air Force was able to capture the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy if it had won the Army thanks to a 40-7 victory over the Navy in October 3

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SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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