Scott Van Pelt Tests Positive for COVID-19, Taking Hiatus From ESPN

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Scott Van Pelt, Michigan State v Maryland
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Scott Van Pelt took to Twitter on Thursday to announce he wouldn't be on his show for a while due to a positive COVID-19 test. Van Pelt says he doesn't have a fever and feels fine, but he can't smell or taste anything, which tipped him of that he needed a test.

Van Pelt hosts SportsCenter with SVP on weeknights from Washington D.C. and is often attached to ESPN's coverage of big events like the Masters and college basketball. He's a huge presence at the network so his absence is a big deal. He's probably the highest-profile ESPN employee to announce a positive COVID test.

Here's hoping he gets better and is back on the air soon.

UDPATE: The hits just keep on coming for the Van Pelt family as Otis the Dog tore his ACL this week:

We wish him a speedy recovery as well.