Michigan's athletic department announced Friday that it received 11 positive test results for COVID-19 this week, all from student-athletes, as all activities remain paused due to an outbreak of the B.1.1.7 COVID variant that originated within the department.
The number of positive tests is down from last week, when the Wolverines had 22 student-athletes test positive.
Michigan says it administered 3,215 tests between Jan. 23-29. In total, 43,882 tests have been administered to student-athletes, coaches and staff members, with 293 total positive tests (265 from student-athletes, 28 from coaches and staffers).
Last Saturday, the department announced it was shutting down for two weeks — beginning Jan. 24 — due to confirmed cases of the new variant. The outbreak was traced back to one female student-athlete who traveled from the U.K. to the U.S. on Jan. 3, according to the Washtenaw County Health Department. The woman had a negative test two days before traveling and tested negative on Jan. 4 and Jan. 6, but tested positive on Jan. 8.
On Wednesday, the university issued a stay-at-home recommendation due to concerns about the spread of the new variant. As of Wednesday, there were 14 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant in Washtenaw County.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan AD: 11 student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19 this week