In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Greene County School System announced that football practice at Greene County High School is temporarily suspended. The decision was made after a coach tested positive for COVID-19.
Football operations at GCHS are off until next Monday, Aug. 3.
The statement from the GCSS noted that the coach in question has not been around the team since July 22. The move to suspend operations was done as a precaution for the other coaches and the players.
Here is the statement in full:
“Today, on Tuesday, July 28th, a member of the Greene County Football team coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19. The coach who tested positive for COVID-19 has been socially distanced from the football players since Wednesday, July 22, 2020. As we do regularly, we have communicated with the Georgia Department of Public Health and followed all guidance related to contract tracing and exposure.
Out of an abundance of caution, we have elected to suspend all football workouts and practices until Monday, August 3, 2020, and are following all recommended protocols for testing and quarantine to ensure the safety of all. This temporary suspension of football activities will allow our coaching staff additional time to monitor the situation in an effort to control exposure to our student-athletes and other staff involved with our football program.
Greene County High School holds the health and safety of our students, staff, and community members as the highest priority. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms related to COVID-19. Please email Athletic Director Russell Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if your child develops symptoms or is exposed to anyone who tests positive.”
Greene is the third high school football team in Lake Country to suspend practices. Morgan County High School did so on Sunday and Putnam County High School announced its suspension on Monday.