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UConn Women's Basketball Coach Tests COVID Positive Before Big Game

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The women's basketball coach at the University of Connecticut has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the teams NCAA tournament run in Texas.

Sixty-six-year-old hall of fame coach Geno Auriemma tested positive on Sunday, four days after getting his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. The CDC says the vaccine starts to take effect two weeks after the second dose.

UConn officials said contact tracing shows that Auriemma had not been in contact with any of the players while he’s been infected. All athletes, staff and officials have tested negative and have been tested daily since March 9, in compliance with tournament protocol.

Auriemma said he’s asymptomatic and will remain isolated for 10 days. He plans to join his team in Texas on March 24. He’ll miss the first two rounds of the tournament. UConn are ranked number one in the country and begin their run for their 12th NCAA tournament win on Sunday.