Olympic Village resident tests positive for COVID-19
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Olympic Village resident tests positive for COVID-19 less than one week before Games begin

The first resident of the Olympic Village has tested positive for COVID-19, Tokyo Olympic organizers said Saturday, according to The Associated Press (h/t Sports Illustrated).

Officials added that it was not an athlete who tested positive for the virus. They can offer only vague details due to confidentiality purposes. 

The person who tested positive is identified as a “games-concerned personnel” and is not a resident of Japan. That person was placed in a mandatory 14-day quarantine. 

The Olympic Village in Tokyo will house 11,000 athletes during the Games and thousands of other staff members. 

Olympic organizers announced in recent weeks that all spectators were banned from attending the Games due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Tokyo. 

Eighty percent of Japanese citizens are against the Olympics because of the virus, according to a recent poll, and 43 percent of those people want the Summer Games canceled. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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