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44 members of soccer team Cal test positive for COVID-19

BERKELEY, Calif. (KRON) — New developments with the COVID mess on Cal’s campus — For the first time, we’re hearing from members of Cal’s soccer team about the confusion that led some frustrated players to take to social media.

On Tuesday, KRON4 reported that an outbreak prompted the team to reschedule Saturday’s game with USC.

The Berkeley Health Department said 44 members of the program have tested positive for the virus.

Officials say the team failed to follow basic protocols.

The team practiced on Wednesday with a limited number of players, they also plan to train on Thursday.

Players said they were confused about the protocols for testing. Now players and staff say they know exactly what to do.

To clear up confusion over COVID-19 protocols, members of the Cal Berkeley soccer team say everyone is now 100% clear.

“We have certainly had to adapt since this outbreak happened. We lifted outside. Practice has been shortened a bit. We have several things that are different in practice,” said safety Daniel Scott.

On Tuesday, some players took to social media to express their frustrations over what some of them called a lack of clarity about protocols between school and Berkeley’s health leaders.

The Berkeley Public Health Department hit back, confirming 44 cases on the team.

The department said members did not adhere to public health measures, which include not being tested when sick, staying home when sick and wearing masks indoors.

“There is still a lot of good. I don’t envision this going to be a long-term problem next year and the year after, I’m not saying it will go away, but maybe we’re in a better place,” Justin Wilcox said.

Cal Football Coach Justin Wilcox did not specifically address the Berkeley health department’s comments, but says he is optimistic about the players and the program.

“I think it’s going to get better. I think there are still some good reasons to come to Cal and get an education here, and to be around the kind of guys we have in our dressing room.” said Wilcox.

According to the team, two members have not been vaccinated.

It is not known whether any of the unvaccinated players were among the first to test positive.

The game against USC has been moved to December 4.

The team will play against Stanford on November 20.