How 8 high school football teams are responding to direct and indirect positive cases of COVID-19

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Herriman’s football team joined the growing list of programs that have been forced to alter or suspend practices over the past few weeks because of COVID-19. A member of Herriman’s coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

5 teams have confirmed having a player test positive for COVID-19, while Herriman had a staff member test positive last weekend

SALT LAKE CITY — Herriman’s football team joined the growing list of programs that have been forced to alter or suspend practices over the past few weeks because of COVID-19.

A member of Herriman’s coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, and after consulting with the administrators and the Jordan School District, head coach Dustin Pearce agreed canceling what were already going to be three light practices this week was the safest decision.

“This has been my perspective the whole time. I’ve anticipated this happening in the summer, and what if it happens during the season? Everyone wants to play football, absolutely, but if this is the procedure we have to follow then how are we going to have a football season?” — Herriman coach Dustin Pearce.

Herriman will plan on resuming practice on June 7, and the Salt Lake County Health Department will send a mobile testing unit to Herriman High on Wednesday for free COVID-19 testing as a precautionary measure.

The staff member started to feel symptoms last Tuesday night and hasn’t had contact with anyone associated with the team since. Pearce said no other players or coaches have shown symptoms since.

While Herriman is the first known school to have a reported case in the coaching staff, at least five teams along the Wasatch Front have had a player test positive since practices resumed in early June. Another two teams had players miss practice because they had been in contact with someone who eventually tested positive.

Layton, Syracuse, Mountain Crest, Sky View and Corner Canyon all had a player test positive for COVID-19 in June, each responding slightly differently based on school and district procedures.

Pearce isn’t surprise at all by the positive tests.

“This has been my perspective the whole time. I’ve anticipated this happening in the summer, and what if it happens during the season? Everyone wants to play football, absolutely, but if this is the procedure we have to follow then how are we going to have a football season?” said Pearce.

It’s a sentiment shared by coaches around the state, who wonder how a season can happen if two-week shutdowns are the norm with positive tests.

Of the schools that have been affected, only Layton, Mountain Crest and Weber have opted for a two-week shutdown after the positive test or contact. Weber never had a player test positive, but multiple players came in contact with someone who tested positive at a basketball tournament in mid-June and the school believed a shutdown was the best way to prevent potential spread.

For Syracuse, Corner Canyon and Sky View, by using a form of contact tracing it was …read more

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