COVID-19 cluster at N.C. State postpones football opener vs. Virginia Tech

AP photo by Robert Willett / North Carolina State University students wearing face coverings walk on campus Tuesday in Raleigh.

North Carolina State's football game at Virginia Tech, the season opener for both Atlantic Coast Conference teams, was postponed for two weeks Wednesday because of a cluster of COVID-19 cases among N.C. State athletes.

The delay comes two days after the Wolfpack paused all athletic activities. The Raleigh school didn't specify which teams were impacted when it announced a cluster of 27 positive cases tied to athletics. Spokesman Fred Demarest wrote Monday on Twitter that there had been 22 positives among athletes, coaches and staff in the most recent round of 693 tests.

N.C. State has announced numerous coronavirus clusters in the past week after students returned to campus, including at sorority or fraternity houses as well as on-campus residence halls and off-campus apartments. The school announced last week that it was moving to online-only instruction for undergraduate courses but would keep on-campus housing open.

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