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St. John’s vs DePaul postponed due to COVID

January is off to an empty start.

No fans and now, no players.
Wendell Cruz

Before today’s scheduled game, the St. John’s program announced that today’s game would be paused due to a “COVID issue” within the St. John’s program.

What comes next is unclear. The DePaul Blue Demons traveled for a game that was cancelled, and the game will be rescheduled as many Big East games have been; the league has built in buffer time through February to get teams their matchups.

But per Zach Braziller of the NY Post, the Red Storm are not necessarily going on pause:

When we find out what “testing irregularity” means, we will let you know.

But after as player or coach (Tier 1 personnel, in the NCAA’s parlance) tests positive, they are to be isolated while other members of the team who did not test positive retest in a window after the positive test was determined (72 hours, to cover the coronavirus’ incubation period). If the players test negative, they may quarantine for seven days, per CDC guidelines — but that seems to be up to the programs and local health department guidance, as well.

After a break since the last game on December 20th, the Johnnies may not play a game for a while. The women’s team is also on pause after a positive test within their program.

We will add updates as they come, and good luck to the players quarantining, as so many other Big East programs have had to do. Seton Hall, Connecticut and DePaul have experienced multiple COVID pauses this season, and St. John’s has been lucky to have avoided it.