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MTU: athletics continue as normal despite coronavirus concerns

HOUGHTON — Athletics at Michigan Tech University won’t be impacted by the school’s coronavirus response.

At least not yet.

A press release from the university said classes will transition to a “virtual instruction environment” from March 16 to April 17. Athletics operations will continue as normal, the release also said.

“At this time, Michigan Tech Athletics will not cancel or postpone any on- or off-campus athletics events and will remain in normal operation, consistent with guidance from the NCAA, GLIAC, and WCHA,” the statement said. “The Athletics department may revisit this decision based on NCAA, CDC, or Western Upper Peninsula Health Department guidance, or as the situation warrants.”

The Huskies hockey team visits Minnesota State for the WCHA semifinals this weekend. Tech’s men’s and women’s tennis teams competed in the Spring Tennis Fest tournament in South Carolina this week. The Huskies ski team competed in the NCAA Skiing Championships in Montana.

“We must all stay vigilant to help protect each other and our community from the potential effects of this virus,” Michigan Tech president Rick Koubek said. “Michigan Tech’s COVID-19 response team, consisting of University leadership and public health officials, has reviewed and is modifying as needed our plans for preventing the contraction and/or spread of COVID-19. Six University task forces have prepared for and are responding to implications and impacts on the campus community.”

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