Bona pauses men’s basketball activities due to Covid-19, withdraws from tournament


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St Bonaventure students hold a large flag over their heads to start a basketball game at the Reilly Center in February.


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The men’s basketball program stops at St. Bonaventure temporarily tested positive for Covid-19 on its program.

PUNA Sports Division announced Thursday that it is suspending all team activities in men’s basketball after a positive Covid-19 test result within the Tier 1 team, which includes athletes, coaches, managers and sports support staff.

Bona is on a two-week break from all activities, which started on Thursday. The Bonnies also withdrew from the Bubbleville Championship, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut Pune, with the season opening on November 25 against the Army, then playing Stephen F Austin on November 26, and the Army on November 27.

In a statement, Pune’s sports department said the program was notified Thursday with a positive result as part of the program’s regular monitoring test. NCAA guidelines require that Level 1 personnel be tested for Covid-19 three times per week.

“The well-being of student-athletes and staff remains a concern of everyone in our campus community, and the Department of Athletics and the University of Saint Bonaventure will continue to follow all guidelines and safety protocols provided by the NCAA, Atlantic 10 and Cattaraugus County,” Department of Health officials said, “Pune Sports Department” in a statement .

Catarujos County, where the St. Bonaventure campus is located, is seeing a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases. The Olin Times Herald reported that the Catarugus County Health Department on Wednesday reported 727 cases in the county, including 48 new cases in Saint Bonaventure, Allegany.


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