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16 student-athletes at Hamilton Southeastern Schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since July 7

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Posted at 6:28 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 10:58:16-04

HAMILTON COUNTY — At least 16 student-athletes at Hamilton Southeastern Schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since voluntary summer practices began, according to the district.

The first positive case for a student-athlete was a member of the football team who reported a positive COVID-19 case on July 7.

As a reminder, students at all HSE schools have not been in the school buildings since they transitioned to e-learning in the spring because of COVID-19.

The current school year began online-only will continue virtually until at least Labor Day. You can read Hamilton Southeastern School's full phased reopening plan here.

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"We’re following the ISHAA guidelines, so teams, for the most part, have been working out in small pods instead of an entire team," Emily Pace Abbotts said in an email. "Only close contacts are required to quarantine until they get their test results or they are out for 14 days."

Three staff members have also tested positive for COVID-19, Pace Abbotts said. Staff members include teachers, food service workers, bus drivers, administrative personnel, or anyone else who is employed through the district in some fashion.

The district currently has 14 student-athletes on quarantine, according to Pace Abbots.