Villanova Wildcats on Pause After Jay Wright, 2nd Staffer Test Positive for COVID-19

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The Villanova Wildcats are delaying team activities after head coach Jay Wright and a second program member announced Sunday they have tested positive for COVID-19, writes Terry Toohey for the Daily Times.

Wright is in isolation and experiencing mild symptoms.

“Our players have been very diligent and disciplined with all of the COVID protocols,” Wright said. “Unfortunately, we have had two staff members test positive. I am one of them. My symptoms are mild, and we remain connected as a team and staff by phone and Zoom. I am grateful to our team physician, Dr. Mike Duncan, who has worked tirelessly to help guide us safely through this.”

The Wildcats have been off since beating Marquette, 85-68, on Dec. 23.

Family members met players on campus for three days through Christmas. The players then isolated in a local hotel for four days and are being tested every day.

Wright and his staff were not part of the visits.

A game scheduled Jan. 2 has been postponed. The status of games planned Jan. 5 and 8 is unknown.

Villanova also paused games in the fall for 23 days due to positive COVID tests.

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