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Hazard football COVID-19 outbreak traced back to family vacation

On July 11, the Hazard Independent High School football team had to suspend workouts after nine players and a coach tested positive for COVID-19. Today, the Herald-Leader is reporting that the outbreak has spread to 38 people, including 18 football players, three coaches, and 17 of their family members and close contacts.

While the virus likely spread in the high school weight room, Scott Lockard, the director of the Kentucky River District Health Department in Hazard, said the first case was a player who had just returned from an out-of-state vacation with his family.

“Now we’ve got 38 cases we are working as a result of a family vacation,” he said. Lockard would not say where that family had traveled out of state.

He said the high school weight room “we think was a big part of the transmission between the students.”

Hazard football workouts are suspended indefinitely and the school district has pushed its reopening date to August 24. On Friday, Governor Andy Beshear mentioned a school in the state that had an outbreak of 36 cases due to players not wearing masks inside of a weight room. It would appear that school is Hazard.

Mask up, my friends.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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5 Comments for Hazard football COVID-19 outbreak traced back to family vacation

  1. UKgrad80
    4:10 pm July 20, 2020 Permalink

    More idiots who think they can act like they can do what they want. We are doomed too many ignorant selfish people to ever get control of this virus!

  2. panicpat
    4:13 pm July 20, 2020 Permalink

    I’m sure everyone from hazard loves you calling them idiots. This is exactly why the governor didn’t name the school. Because of people like you.

    • UKgrad80
      10:30 pm July 20, 2020 Permalink

      Did I say everyone? Show me where I said everyone!

  3. Keets
    4:57 pm July 20, 2020 Permalink

    Obviously hope this holds, but “all 38 have been recovering at home.” No hospital, ICU or deaths.

    We gotta stop presuming. Kentucky SO badly wants to blame confirmed cases, spread, and potential deaths, on either 1) states that don’t govern like us, or 2) people that are perceived to be out of step. And this reporting wants to highlight and, beyond doubt, blame travel. We’ve been presuming for months, an early example being when we were told not to cross the border to TN.

    So here, they say, “First case in the cluster came a few days after a player and his family returned from vacation and he tested positive,” and then state this as fact, “Now we’ve got 38 cases we are working as a result of a family vacation.”

    Two things: the incubation period can be as little as 2 days, and the “first case” does not necessarily = first person to actually have it.

    So is it possible another kid ‘could’ have had it, untested, and then gave it to the kid who had just returned from out of state? “Few days later,” vacation kid tests positive and we want something to blame with absolute certainty. Maybe the quote should have simply been that they’re working a 38-case cluster as a result of a single confirmed case?

  4. jaws2
    11:24 pm July 20, 2020 Permalink

    Keets I don’t know what you expect here, but facts are optional. Your thoughts are completely against the narrative.