MOBILE, Ala.(WALA)– Alabama’s largest school system has not even decided if it will participate in fall sports, but student-athletes have actually been struck with the novel coronavirus, nevertheless.
Rena Philips, a spokeswoman for the Mobile County Public School System, told FOX10 News that eight of the system’s 12 high schools have actually had professional athletes or coaches who have evaluated positive dating to previously in the summer.
Mentioning personal privacy concerns, Philips declined to call the schools, but she included that the treatment in case of a positive test result is to shut down practices for 14 days.
“If someone is positive, we’re sitting the whole group out, “she said. Administrators have actually held to that 14-day period out of an abundance of caution, although current recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Avoidance call for 10 days of quarantining.
“A couple of them have actually had to do it two times,” Philips stated.
2 schools currently are sidelined, Philips added.
Baldwin County schools officials informed FOX10 News that 14 trainees taking part in summer athletic or extracurricular programs have actually evaluated favorable for the coronavirus: 4 each from Daphne and Foley high schools; two each type Spanish Fort and Robertsdale high schools; and one each from Elberta and Orange Beach high schools.
Authorities said the system informs parents of employee at any time there is a positive case.
FOX10 News has asked other regional school systems about athletics and COVID-19, but they did not instantly respond.
Mobile County’s experience shows the barriers Alabama high schools face as they go for a regular sports season in unusual times.
The good news, Philips stated, is that none of the sports-related cases have resulted in a mass break out. She said that leads school officials to believe that the infected professional athletes are not passing the illness amongst teammates.
“We’re discovering they’re not getting it from each other,” she said. “We think they’re getting it out in the neighborhood.”
On the other hand, although a choice has not been made about competition, Philips said teams continue to prepare as if they are moving forward with games.
Dr. Don Williamson, the president of the Alabama Healthcare facility Association, informed FOX10 News that fall sports likely will be dicey– and not just for the professional athletes.
“What I worry about is getting all the fans in the arena, without 6 feet of social distancing, and if they’re not wearing masks,” he said. “That’s what I worry about. … I believe it’s gon na be an extremely, extremely hard thing to have anything approaching a regular football season.”
(Upgraded at 8:13 p.m. with details from Baldwin County).