A very powerful factor to recollect within the midst of a pandemic is that everybody’s well being is a very powerful factor, in order the Washington State Cougars’ roster experiences a COVID outbreak, the gamers’ well being is foremost on our minds. Right here’s to hoping everybody who has examined optimistic experiences no signs and returns to the staff full energy.
However because the determination was made to play sports activities this fall … and since we write about these sports activities …
We have to speak concerning the Apple Cup.
As of but, there is no such thing as a definitive phrase on whether or not the optimistic COVID assessments that compelled the cancellation of their sport towards the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday will even result in the cancellation of the 2020 Apple Cup, which is simply seven days away.
Nonetheless, as soon as you get thinking about the implications of isolations and quarantines required within the wake of optimistic assessments and attendant contact tracing, it turns into very troublesome to see how WSU goes to have the ability to subject a staff for the sport that may meet the roster requirement of 53 gamers, to say nothing of place group minimums.
Earlier than we get into the numbers, right here’s one quite simple truth that ought to provide you with pause: With comparable outbreaks, each the Utah Utes and Arizona State Solar Devils have needed to cancel two video games. However let’s go forward and break down the Cougars’ scenario.
WSU had 4 gamers return optimistic assessments right now, which is what led them to drop beneath the minimal quantity required for Saturday’s sport and pull the plug on the final minute; that’s along with 5 optimistic assessments earlier within the week, which included beginning quarterback Jayden de Laura.
Now, think about that anybody who assessments optimistic should isolate for 10 days, and anybody caught up involved tracing should isolate for 14 days. Which means:
- Anybody who examined optimistic right now gained’t be enjoying by subsequent Friday (except it’s decided to be a false optimistic);
- Anybody caught up involved tracing at any level this week gained’t be eligible to return, both (no quantity of unfavourable assessments can get you out of the 14-day quarantine, except the origin case of COVID within the contact tracing is set to be a false optimistic);
- Anybody who examined optimistic very early this week would possibly be capable to play, pending signs.
Greatest case situation, WSU might have these 5 gamers who examined optimistic earlier within the week again by Friday, assuming all these positives popped on Monday. However that might solely matter if right now’s scenario put them barely beneath the roster minimal — one thing we don’t actually know, as a result of we don’t know the extent of the contact tracing. Perhaps getting some injured guys again helps with that?
However remember: All this quantity crunching is totally depending on there being no further optimistic check outcomes, and … effectively, you may determine for your self simply how possible you assume that’s at this level, given what we’ve seen occur with Utah and Arizona State.
WSU athletics director Pat Chun was holding out hope right now that they’d determine one thing out for the Apple Cup, however the exponential nature of contact tracing simply appears to make that very, impossible.
Does that imply there could be no Apple Cup in any respect this season? It’s powerful to say — a lot is up within the air proper now and the foundations are form of being made up on the fly. It’s not too far fetched to assume that there’d be one other alternative to play it if each WSU and UW’s opponents ended up in an identical COVID mess on the identical weekend. Or, possibly the sport will get performed on the ultimate weekend of the season as an alternative of the crossover, presuming neither staff is concerned within the Pac-12 Championship.
The one factor we all know is that we don’t actually know something for positive on this pandemic setting.