Official who worked CAA basketball tournament tests positive for coronavirus

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An official who worked at a recent college basketball conference tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Colonial Athletic Association announced Thursday — less than an hour after the NCAA tournament was officially canceled — that an official who worked the CAA tournament in Washington D.C. tested positive for COVID-19.

The CAA said that the official did not exhibit symptoms “until 72 hours after the game he worked.”

“Out of an abundance of caution, the conference has made the involved institutions and tournament personnel aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures,” the CAA said in a release.

The CAA tournament concluded on Tuesday when No. 1 seed Hofstra defeated No. 6 seed Northeastern 70-61 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in D.C. That particular arena is the home of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go. Like the NBA, the G League suspended its season on Wednesday.

The CAA did not specify which game or games this particular official worked.

With Tuesday’s win, Hofstra qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001. Now, because of the spread of the coronavirus, the tournament will not be played.

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