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Mid-American Conference says it is 'proceeding as planned' with basketball tournament in Cleveland despite coronavirus concerns

The action at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse begins on Wednesday with the MAC Women's Quarterfinals.

CLEVELAND — Despite the news Monday that three people in Cuyahoga County have been confirmed to have been diagnosed with coronavirus, the Mid-American Conference reports that it plans to move forward with its basketball tournament this week in Cleveland. 

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“We are working collaboratively with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our local and state health and governmental officials, along with our partners the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse regarding public safety for all our student-athletes, coaches and fans for this week’s MAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.  We are proceeding as planned with our tournament and currently moving forward as scheduled.  As a reminder the CDC has encouraged traditional precautionary prevention measures and guidelines.  We will continue to monitor this situation on a daily basis.”

During the city's press conference announcing the confirmed cases of coronavirus on Monday, Mayor Frank Jackson said no large events in the city are being canceled. This includes planned rallies by Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, in addition to the MAC Tournament. 

The Women's Quarterfinals will tip off on Wednesday at noon, while the Men's Quarterfinals are slated to begin on Thursday. Semifinals will be held on Friday, with the finals set for Saturday. 

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