Wilcox Co. football practices shut down after some players test positive for COVID-19

Wilcox Co. football practices shut down after some players test positive for COVID-19
Wilcox County (Source: WALB)

ROCHELLE, Ga. (WALB) - Four Wilcox County High School football players and one football coach have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a press release from the Wilcox County Board of Education (BOE).

According to the release, officials were notified Tuesday evening that a football player had tested positive for COVID-19.

Then the coaches worked with the player to list other players that he was in close proximity with, the release explains.

On Wednesday, most of the exposed coaches and players were notified and the BOE said some of them chose to get a rapid test.

Currently, four players and a coach have tested positive, but the release said all of them appear to have mild symptoms.

The release said that once a list was compiled of all of the players and coaches that had come into contact with those that had tested positive, officials were advised by the Department of Public Health to quarantine 33 players and 13 staff members, which includes football coaches and a softball coach.

As a result, the BOE said it is suspending middle school, JV, and varsity football as well as JV and varsity softball until at least Aug. 12.

The release said that they will try to reschedule softball games for later in the season.

Their first game was slated for next Thursday, Aug. 6.

‘‘The support we have from South Central Health District and our local health department staff has been tremendous. Please know that we are monitoring this COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak closely. We want to keep you and your loved ones healthy and well during these uncertain times. We encourage everyone to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by staying home when possible, washing your hands, practicing good hygiene, wearing cloth face coverings, and following the guidance of public health experts,” Wilcox County Superintendent Julie Childs said in the press release.

Below is a copy of the full release.

Press release from the Wilcox County Board of Education on football players and coach who tested positive for coronavirus.
Press release from the Wilcox County Board of Education on football players and coach who tested positive for coronavirus. (Source: Wilcox County Schools Facebook page)

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