Berkeley’s Department of Public Health laid out previously unreported details about what is clearly a major Covid outbreak in the Cal football program — including that at least 44 people in the program have tested positive for Covid over the past ten days.
“Berkeley Public Health continues to work closely with University Health Services to help contain and respond to a major COVID-19 outbreak involving the coaches, students, and staff in the Cal Football program,” the statement begins. “All of these 44 lab-confirmed cases involve people infected with highly contagious Covid, which spreads easily unless public health safeguards are used.”
After the Cal Golden Bears faced the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday down 24 players, Cal football coach Justin Wilcox, as well as prominent members of Cal’s football team, publicly panned the university’s and city’s then-difficult-to-define COVID restrictions. Was this an unnecessary contact-tracing issue being enforced by an overzealous public health department? A case of false positive tests? Something else?
None of the above, it appears. On Tuesday evening, Berkeley’s Department of Public Health issued a blistering rebuttal to the complaints of the football program, and showed that if anything, perhaps Cal shouldn’t have taken the field at all versus Arizona.