Amid COVID-19 outbreak, ACC says men’s tournament to go on as scheduled

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Miami guard Isaiah Wong (2) tries to control of ball as he is guarded by Wake Forest guard Torry Johnson (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami defeated Wake Forest 71-54. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – As COVID-19 alters plans and events across the country, the ACC said Tuesday its men’s basketball tournament would go on as scheduled.

The Atlantic Coast Conference issued a statement an hour before the tournament was slated to start.

“After consultation with local and state health authorities, including the Governor and his medical staff, the Atlantic Coast Conference will hold its men’s basketball tournament as scheduled this week at the Greensboro Coliseum,” the conference said in a release.

The ACC reiterated Gov. Roy Cooper by saying high-risk groups should avoid large gatherings.

The CDC lists “older adults” and those with underlying conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and/or lung disease as high risk.

Cooper declared a state of emergency on Tuesday due to the coronavirus outbreak.

As of Tuesday morning, there are seven presumptive cases of coronavirus in North Carolina. The CDC lab will confirm if the patients are positive for COVID-19.

Related: Gov. Cooper declares state of emergency over COVID-19 outbreak

Wake Forest and Pitt start the tournament at 4:30 p.m.

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