Big East COVID-19 Positivity Rates

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With each passing day, we’re that much closer to seeing real live college basketball, something I was not positive would be the case in 2020. As with anything in life post COVID, anything can change in the blink of an eye, so we’re not counting our chickens just yet.

In order to help get a better understanding of how individual Big East schools are handling the pandemic, I will be updating the charts below each Monday, with publicly provided data from each university’s dashboard.

Of course, not all schools report the same way, so there is plenty to asterisk and caveat. This is not a definitive look, but rather a general gauge of what the environment looks like.

11/23/2020

2020 Trend

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The season is set to begin on Wednesday, and yet it seems like the wheels are already coming off, with teams announcing quarantine pauses left and right.

Just in the Big East, Creighton, Seton Hall and DePaul are in COVID related pauses after Xavier, Villanova, Marquette and UConn all experienced a quarantine pause at some point the last few months. Unlike football, one positive around the team affects the whole team, not just the individual group by position.

Here’s a really good site tracking the quarantine status of CBB teams around the country: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/1B0Y8KmRPiG9_8G6U4QycuMymH2SY_CbHA-eAhPn8suI/htmlview

Alas, the season marches on in a staccato fashion, with March Madness the only mandatory games on the schedule.

As for the status of the Big East, most in-person classes remaining will end this week, so this will be our final update for a while. The situations on campus are much worse than at the start of the year, though still relatively successful compared to the communities and states each institution resides in.

And like the country in general, the Midwest is in a much tougher situation. Here are the week over week numbers, that show fluctuations more than the overall numbers above.

There isn’t much to be done or said at this point that hasn’t already been done and said. Marquette’s approach failed. Georgetown and Providence were guideposts to be emulated. Let’s hope for health and safety and a good season of basketball.

Feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or ideas.

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