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Ten Who Tested Positive All Used HS Weight Room

Paul Steinbach

Disinfecting facilities has never been more important, a coronavirus-era reality reinforced for one high school in Kentucky last week.

As reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader, Hazard Independent High School is among the latest in Kentucky to suspend athletic team workouts as nine football players and an assistant coach have tested postive for COVID-19 since Tuesday. All 10 individuals were quarantined at home as of Saturday.

Scott Lockard, director of the Kentucky River District Health Department in Hazard, told the Herald-Leader that “the commonality” among the positive cases was that all had used a weight room at the high school.

On Thursday, a post on the Hazard Independent School District website said, “As we continue to monitor the spreading of COVID-19 in our state and community, our football and soccer coaches have decided to postpone all workouts until July 20th, 2020. As always, the safety of our students and staff comes first. Please keep those affected by this virus in your thoughts.”

Hazard High School Principal Happy Mobelini told WYMT that “we are at the mercy of the virus.”

While affirming plans to have sports this fall, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association on Friday held off making a decision about when most of its fall sports can start official practices and kept in place current restrictions on practices due to the coronavirus pandemic through at least Aug. 2.

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