ECU men's basketball team
The ECU men's basketball team has a sideline discussion with head coach Joe Dooley during a home game this season.

A COVID-19 cluster within East Carolina University’s men’s basketball team was announced by ECU News Services on Jan. 15, and five positive cases have been identified.

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been identified, and ECU will continue to work with the Pitt County Health Department at this time, according to the press release. Contact tracing and communication with individuals determined to have been in close proximity to those within the cluster has begun, the release said.

“Close contact is defined as someone who has been within six feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes. Those identified as a close contact will be notified directly and provided with further guidance,” according to the press release.

Under the State Human Resources Act, FERPA and additional privacy considerations, the university will not disclose the details about individual positive cases of COVID-19, according to the release.

On Jan. 14, ECU Athletics announced the suspension of all men’s basketball activities due to COVID-19 testing and contact-tracing protocols.

ECU Director of Athletics Jon Gilbert said in a press release that multiple individuals in the men’s basketball program tested positive for the virus. He said those individuals are isolated and will receive daily monitoring from medical staff within the athletic department.

The suspension of activities postponed two upcoming men’s basketball games including both a home contest on Jan. 16 against Temple University and an away game on Jan. 20 against the University of South Florida.

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