Three days after a cluster of COVID-19 cases prompted a pause in the East Carolina basketball program’s team activities, the school announced that head coach Joe Dooley tested positive for the virus from a test administered on Saturday and is in self isolation but asymptomatic.
The latest development was announced in a tweet from the Pirate hoops program on Sunday:
“ECU Athletics was informed Saturday evening that men’s basketball head coach Joe Dooley tested positive for COVID-19 through a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test administered on Saturday. Coach Dooley is in self isolation and not experiencing any symptoms. We will continue to follow all health and safety guidelines as outlined by our medical staff.”
— ECU Men’s Basketball (@ecubasketball) January 17, 2021
As of press time, there had been no further elaboration from ECU regarding when the team might resume activities. There was also no indication whether one of Dooley’s assistant coaches might be temporarily assigned to assume some of Dooley’s duties.
The postponement of two of ECU’s American Athletic Conference games was announced last week by Director of Athletics Jon Gilbert after a COVID cluster was detected involving “multiple individuals” in the program.
As a consequence of last week’s developments, the Pirates’ home matchup on Saturday, Jan. 16, against Temple and a game at South Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 20, were postponed.
ECU’s news release last week noted that the conference will announce any further adjustments to ECU’s league schedule as developments unfold.