BREAKING: College Basketball Ref Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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The news continues to get worse and worse.

A referee who worked this week’s Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for coronavirus, the league announced Thursday.

“The Colonial Athletic Association has been made aware that a game official who worked at the 2020 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship has tested positive for the Coronavirus.

“The official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked, but out of an abundance of caution the conference has made the involved institutions and tournament personnel aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures,” the CAA said in a statement.

The CAA’s tournament ended on Tuesday, following a Hofstra win over Northeastern. The game took place at Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C., which is the home of the Washington Mystics and Capital City Go-Go. It is also the practice facility for the NBA’s Wizards.

NBC Sports Washington’s Chase Hughes eased those fears a bit when he stated the game was played in an area the Wizards players and staff “do not generally frequent.”

We can only hope that this is an isolated case.