UW officials announced Tuesday that the Wisconsin football team’s Big Ten home game against Purdue on Saturday has been canceled due to COVID-19 as team-related activities remain paused indefinitely.
“I share in the disappointment of our student-athletes and staff,” athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a release. “We have seen a level of improvement in our testing numbers, but not enough to give us confidence to resume normal activities and play our game on Saturday. We will continue to test regularly, take the proper health-related precautions and look forward to getting our team back on the field as soon as possible.”
The Badger football team first paused team activities on Oct. 28, canceling its game against Nebraska. Saturday’s game versus Purdue will not be rescheduled.
According to UW, there have been five (two staff and three student-athletes) positive COVID-19 PCR tests recorded since Saturday, Oct. 31. Over the last seven days (Oct. 27-Nov. 2), student-athletes (10) and staff (11) have registered a total of 21 positive tests. There are currently 27 active cases in the program, all since Saturday, Oct. 24. That includes 15 football student-athletes and 12 staff members.