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.