Northside High football program temporarily halts activities due to COVID-19 concerns


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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Because of positive coronavirus tests, quarantining, and contact tracing, the Northside High School football program announced Tuesday morning a temporary pause on team activities until mid-March.

The Northside Viking football program posted the following memo on their Facebook page on Tuesday, March 2:

“The Northside High School football program is temporarily pausing all team activities. The decision has been made as a result of positive tests, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the program. The first positive person associated with the football team began showing symptoms on Sunday, February 28. The 48 hour window for contract tracing, as dictated by the Roanoke & Alleghany Health Department, did not include the game with Franklin County on Thursday, February 25.

The Roanoke & Alleghany Health Department was notified on Monday, March 1 as the school began contact tracing. The football program was not allowed to hold practice on Monday. By 8:00 p.m. on Monday it had been reported that there were five positive COVID-19 cases related to the football program.

The following message was sent out Monday night through the team notification app: “Due to the possibility of COVID exposures, we are asking all members of the football team to stay at home from school, 3/2/21. The nurse will contact a parent tomorrow with more information”.

The nurse will continue with the contact tracing today. The program rosters have been sent to the Roanoke & Alleghany Health Department for them to conduct follow-up tracing. The projected date for the return to activity for the Northside High football program will be Monday, March 15.”

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