Northside High School suspends football season following positive COVID-19 tests

Four players and one coach tested positive after the Vikings’ season opener last Thursday.
Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 10:27 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Northside High School is suspending its football season after four players and one coach tested positive for COVID-19, a source told WDBJ7 Monday.

None of the team’s 42 players or five coaches is permitted back in school until contact-tracing has been completed.

The football team said in a Facebook post Tuesday that the first person associated with the team who tested positive began showing symptoms on Sunday, February 28. Therefore, by the Roanoke and Alleghany Health Department’s guidelines, contact tracing did not need to be done in regards to a game with Franklin County on February 25, because it was outside of the 48-hour window.

The school notified the health department Monday when it began contact tracing. The football team was not allowed to hold practice and members were asked to stay home on Tuesday, March 2. The team said the rosters had been sent to the health department so it could conduct follow-up tracing.

The projected date for the team’s return to activity is Monday, March 15, meaning the scheduled game against Glenvar on Friday will not be happening.

High schools in Virginia are permitted to play six regular-season games through April 2, per the Virginia High School League’s “Championships + 1″ format.

Any game not played due to COVID-19 issues will be treated as a game “not played” versus a forfeit, per the guidelines.

This is a developing story. We will update this story when more information becomes available.

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