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ACC adding shorter isolation options for vaccinated individuals

The ACC announced Monday that it has added shorter isolation options for vaccinated individuals to the Medical Advisory Group’s report, following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A vaccinated individual who tests positive for COVID-19 may complete isolation when one of the following occurs (if permitted by local and state public health officials):

• Once symptoms are not present, the individual has two negative tests (molecular PCR or antigen) at least 24 hours apart, or

• At least seven days have passed since the first positive test, the individual’s symptoms improve and the individual undergoes one negative test within 24 hours of completing the test.

This person must have been free of fever for at least 24 hours to be cleared under either option.

The rapidly spreading omicron variant has canceled or postponed dozens of basketball games across the country, as well as several bowling games. For ACC men’s and women’s basketball, the team must have a list of at least seven student-athletes available for scholarships available for a game and one coach that can be counted to play a game.

Conferences recently modified their policies for game rescheduling and forfeitures as a result of all cancellations.

In the short term, the policy change could affect this week’s ACC men’s basketball schedule. ESPN reported earlier Monday that this week’s Duke matches – versus Clemson on Wednesday and Notre Dame on Saturday – are expected to be postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Blue Devils.

While the school has since confirmed Clemson’s postponement, the brief isolation schedule could theoretically allow Duke to play on Saturday, depending on how many players have tested positive, whether they have symptoms and continue testing throughout the week and whether additional players are tested Positive later this week.

The ACC Medical Advisory Group has met weekly since the spring of 2020 to share information on the impact of COVID-19 on the American College campus and athletics.

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello contributed to this story.

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