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Fordham Women’s Basketball Team Has Zero COVID Positives, School Still Shuts Down Season

Citing a spike of COVID cases on its campus in the Bronx, Fordham University announced Sunday that it was pausing all athletics for the next two weeks “to reduce the infection rate, as required by New York state,” the school said in an announcement.

Athletic director Ed Kull told athletes that the school had to “take this critically important step to prevent the further spread of COVID on campus.”

Meanwhile, the Fordham women’s basketball team (11-3, 8-3 in the A-10) was on campus preparing to take on La Salle. Sunday’s game was postponed, and with the way things stand right now, the rest of the regular season and A-10 Tournament are also in jeopardy.

The women’s team has started a Change.org petition, asking school president, Father Joseph McShane, to allow the team to finish the season on the road.

“For six straight months, Fordham’s Women’s Basketball team has defied many odds to maintain a healthy and safe bubble to be able to compete in the Atlantic10. With 1,400 negative tests, ZERO positive results, trials of isolation from family and friends during holidays, and a consistent commitment to Fordham University’s Covid-19 health policies, our program has a proven record to safely finish the remainder of our season,” the petition page reads.

“The one part of our lives that remained a glimmer of hope in a world that fuels too much hate and not enough love has been our family, our team. There is something bigger being fought here, it’s a chance to move forward, reach the culmination of all of our work and allow our passions to be fully expressed through our sport. There must come a time to begin living in this age with strong faith and ample caution.”

Simply put, the women’s team is begging the school to allow them to distance themselves from the campus and finish their season.

“We have trusted our University and now we are asking you to trust us now. With our backs against the wall, we are asking for Fordham Administration to not walk away from us now. We have an incredibly strong travel plan, Doctor’s approvals, and funding plan that we have prepared to make our reality. We have agreed to sign any waiver that removes University liability from our team!”

Just so we’re all clear here: the ladies would like to finish their season on the road, they’ve been tested 1,400 times with ZERO positive tests, and yet the season has to be called off? Seems like there could be a resolution here, LIKE LETTING THEM PLAY ON THE ROAD WHERE THEY’D BE HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY FROM CAMPUS.

Now, this is where I bring in the stats and what the World Health Organization says about positivity rate and opening up. This is straight off the school’s COVID data dashboard:

Fordham COVID cases

Now let’s bring in the WHO’s stance on positivity rate. “On May 12, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) advised governments that before reopening, rates of positivity in testing (ie, out of all tests conducted, how many came back positive for COVID-19) of should remain at 5% or lower for at least 14 days,” the Johns Hopkins website reads.

Fordham is at 3.35%. The state of New York is at 3.71%. The women aren’t even asking the school to play home games and possibly bring positives to campus. THEY’RE ASKING TO PLAY ON THE ROAD.

WHO positivity rate

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. Crazy that we’ve already vaccinated most of the highest risk groups, and instead of loosening restrictions, schools have tripled down. If I were a high school senior right now, there’s no way I’d even consider attending a school in a blue state with the way they’ve treated their students this last year. If you want a real college experience, you have to go somewhere in the south.

  2. I don’t know about everyone else, but I live in a college town, and everywhere I step lie the corpses of dead college students. The air reeks of of the carrion of coeds taken well before their time, a fetid stench that serves as a reminder that this virus preys upon the young and healthy at rates… (checks actual facts and figures, pulls head out of ass) Oh wait, all of the college athletes are perfectly fine. Mea culpa.

  3. Yeah there’s probably another actual reason they are doing this and using covid as an excuse.

    I’m Catholic and don’t trust the modern Jesuit section of the church. They are the wokey woke bunch.

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