WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A West Carrollton football player has tested positive for COVID-19.
West Carrollton Athletic Director Evan Ivory confirmed to 2 NEWS the football team will be on a distance order for 14 days, meaning all players and coaches will self-quarantine. There will be no practice during the distance order either. Both the varsity and junior varsity programs have been shut down.
“It’s unfortunate that we have a member of our student athlete community who tested positive for it,” West Carrollton Athletics Booster President Mary Nunnery said. “It does bring the virus a little bit closer to home than what it has so far.”
Nunnery said despite the case, the district’s teams follow Ohio’s strict COVID-19 guidelines.
“West Carrollton is doing what it can to keep the student athletes safe, to keep the families safe,” Nunnery said.
Prior to the season, Montgomery County public health recommended contact sports be avoided. The recommendation still stands.
“This is something that we were prepared for, we knew that there was a possibility, and now we’re working through that process,” Montgomery County Public Health Information Supervisor Dan Suffoletto said. “Playing sports, particularly contact sports, it’s very difficult to wear a mask, if not impossible, so you have that spread right there.”
The West Carrollton Pirates were scheduled to play Sidney and Xenia the next two Fridays, respectively, both of which were on the road.
Xenia’s athletic director says they have rescheduled their game with West Carrollton for Week 9 of the season and are looking for an opponent for Week 4. Sidney will face off against New Richmond on September 11.
West Carrollton most recently faced off against Fairborn.
Athletic Director Kevin Alexander tells 2 NEWS their football team is working with the Greene County Health Department and were notified of the positive case from West Carrollton’s athletic director. Fairborn’s team will continue to play.
Prior to being notified of the positive case, Fairborn players were doing self-assessments for symptoms before practices. Temperature checks are required before games.
We’re told that all players will be asked to check temperatures before every practice and game the next two weeks, along with the daily symptom self-assessments.
2 NEWS is working to learn more about this developing story and will keep you updated when new information is available.