HS Football Team Quarantines After Positive Tests

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A high school football team in Georgia began a two-week quarantine after multiple athletes tested positive for COVID-19.

Lincoln County superintendent Dr. Samuel Light confirmed the cases, and the Red Devils football team asked its players via Facebook to commence a 14-day quarantine starting July 23.

In a statement sent to sports director Mike Jakucionis that was reported by the local CBS affiliate, Dr. Light explained the timeline of the decision.

“On July 16, 2020, a student athlete-contacted us and stated that he tested positive for COVID-19. We notified The Health Department and began the contact tracing. As the research continued, we discovered that the exposure did not happen in Lincoln County. We notified our student-athletes that could have been exposed. On July 20, 2020, two parents of athletes notified us their student had tested positive. On July 23, 2020, another parent contacted us with news of a positive COVID-19 test.”

The football team will not begin practice until Aug. 10 and will reconvene for pictures on Aug. 7. The team is scheduled for a scrimmage against Aquinas on Aug. 21 and opens the season on Sept. 18 hosting Westside.

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