North Cross School cancels Friday’s football game after player tests positive for COVID-19


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — North Cross School announced the cancellation of Friday’s football game after a member of the school’s football team tested positive for the coronavirus.

“North Cross School has taken extensive measures to protect our students and staff from the Coronavirus, including virus testing, daily temperature checks, mask requirements, social-distancing, sanitizing stations, increasing air quality, and enhanced daily cleaning,” North Cross School said in a statement sent to WFXR News on Friday, Oct. 9. “While we can provide a safe place to learn, we are not immune from a global pandemic.”

So far, North Cross School has reportedly conducted more than 2,000 tests, which resulted in a 0.5 percent positivity rate.

The member of the North Cross Raiders’ football team who tested positive for the virus is asymptomatic and under quarantine at home until test results indicate he is virus-free, according to Friday’s statement.

However, school officials say they are canceling Friday’s away game against St. Michael the Archangel as a precautionary measure.

In addition, per protocol and in consultation with the school’s medical advisors, North Cross School is working to identify any other people in the school who came in close contact with the player. At this time, though, school officials say there is no evidence of school-based virus spread.

The school is currently on a four-day fall break — which the school says will limit any exposure — but students on the football team and any of their close contacts will be retested when they return to campus on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The Raiders have only played two games so far this season — most recently a home game on Oct. 2 — and do not have another game scheduled until Oct. 30.

“We will await further results and guidance before making a decision about future games.  The health and safety of the North Cross community is our top priority, and we have done – and will continue to do – everything possible to protect our students, staff, faculty, visitors, and families,” North Cross School said in a statement on Friday. “Football and other athletics are an important part of the student experience and our culture of community. Just as we have taken extensive precautions and safety measures in classrooms and hallways, we are applying the same rigor to protect our student-athletes on the field.”

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