The Seton Hall basketball team has paused all team activities after several positive COVID-19 test results, the school said Wednesday.

The cases are "among the program's 'Tier 1' personnel, which consists of student-athletes, coaches, staff and managers," according to the statement.

The Pirates are slated to open the season in the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic in Louisville, Ky., against Winthrop (Nov. 25) and Louisville (Nov. 27).

"Our number one concern is that we keep everyone safe and healthy," Hall coach Kevin Willard said in a statement. "Since we returned to campus in July, we have been diligent in following protocols and rigorously tested with no positives until this point. But as we've seen throughout the country and here locally, COVID-19 cases are on the rise and unfortunately it has reached our program. We will continue to monitor the situation and we look forward to resuming our preparation for the season when it is safe to do so."

Seton Hall, which finished 21-9 last season, is reportedly the fourth Big East school that has been impacted by a COVID-19 outbreak during the preseason, as No. 3 Villanova and Marquette have resumed their activities, but UConn has yet to do so.

--Field Level Media

Comment about seton hall suspends basketball activities due to covid 19