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Football season temporarily suspended at Greenfield-Central High School after player tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 4:36 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 17:00:39-04

GREENFIELD — Greenfield-Central High School is temporarily suspending football games and practices until at least the end of the month after a player tested positive for COVID-19.

The suspension took effect immediately, according to an announcement posted Tuesday afternoon on the school's website. The season will be suspended until at least Aug. 30 and will possibly resume on Aug. 31.

The player began experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 on Monday and later tested positive for the virus, GCHS Principal Jason Cary said in an email to parents.

"We always make these decisions with the health and safety of our players and coaches in mind, and this decision is no different," the announcement read.

At least two people at the high school have tested positive for COVID-19.

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You can read the full message sent to parents below:

Good afternoon parents,

A football player at Greenfield-Central High School began experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 on Monday and has since tested positive for the illness. Due to the required timeline for contact tracing, all members of the Greenfield-Central Varsity Football team, managers, coaches, and trainers who were in attendance at Saturday’s scrimmage have been put into quarantine for 14 days, per guidance received from the Hancock County Board of Health.

The following immediate measures are being taken in response to the positive case:

All football players and coaches must quarantine for 14 days.

All high school football practices are immediately canceled through August 30th.

The upcoming varsity football games against Plainfield High School (8/21) and Whiteland High School (8/28) have been cancelled. The games will not be rescheduled.

If other football players or coaches develop symptoms associated with COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19, appropriate steps will be taken. The student-athlete was not at school on Monday. At this time, this positive case does not impact any students or staff not directly associated with the football team