With the COVID-19 pandemic still in national headlines, the NCAA Tournament faces a precarious task.

The 68 teams, along with officials, staff and coaches, have descended upon Indianapolis, where they’ll try to get in a full tournament over the next 3 weeks.

But, on Monday, there was some bad news. Per Jeff Goodman of Stadium, 6 officials — including Ted “TV Teddy” Valentine, John Higgins and others — were sent home after 1 positive COVID-19 test and subsequent contact tracing:

The NCAA brought several dozen refs to Indianapolis to officiate the tournament, but these losses will be felt if they can’t come back in the next couple of weeks.

We’ll see if the rest of the tests prior to the tournament go off without any additional positives.