Coronavirus safety changes implemented for Athens High School football team

After two members of the football team tested positive for COVID-19, the team made some changes for the season.

Posted: Aug 11, 2020 7:12 PM
Updated: Aug 11, 2020 11:24 PM

The Alabama Department of Public Health is using contact tracing to see if anyone else connected to Athens High School is linked to four confirmed cases of coronavirus there.

Two of the cases are high school football players.

The school cancelled football practice through at least Aug. 20. The team also cancelled its first game and pushed back its second game.

WAAY 31 asked Athens High School Head Coach Cody Gross how they are going to make sure no one else on the team gets sick, he initially thought the question was a joke.

“We’re going to do what we’ve been doing,” said Gross. “We’re taking all the safety measures that we can, follow protocol, we’re cleaning, we’re social distancing, we’re masking up.”

He said all the players are currently quarantining. Two other school employees who went to football practice are also sick with coronavirus.

The department of health is trying to figure out where the first case started. Athens City Schools are scheduled to start Aug. 17.

Gross explained he’s not forced to quarantine because he was not within 6 feet of the players for more than 15 minutes.

“I’m here by myself, and I am an employee and employees are working,” said Gross.

Gross said he’s considering the possibility of small changes through the season but is confident in the current safety plan.

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