Viral outbreak at Hope
causes tourney cancellation
The closing of a campus due to a viral outbreak resulted in cancellation of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s postseason women’s volleyball tournament.
Tournament host Hope’s campus was closed by an order of the Ottawa County (Michigan) Health Department in an effort to control an outbreak of what is being called a “Noro-like virus.” Under the order, the campus is closed until at least 8 a.m. Tuesday and possibly longer.
Because the tournament could not be completed in time to determine the MIAA’s automatic qualifier for the Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship, Hope will receive the berth after winning the regular-season title.
Hope officials reported Sunday that approximately 180 cases of the virus have been documented among student, faculty and staff.
“Officials are aggressively seeking more information from members of the college community in an effort to document the number of cases of illness,” according to a statement from the college.
The county health department issued the mandatory order to close the campus Friday, after approximately 120 cases of the virus were reported to the college’s health clinic and the county department.
The order resulted cancellation of all classes, athletics events or other events for which people might gather on campus.
Regional play in the Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship begins Thursday.
Hope was to host Adrian in an MIAA semifinal match in Friday night, following a semifinal match between Calvin and Alma. The tournament finals were scheduled for Saturday.
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