Another Kentucky school has shut down athletic workouts following positive COVID-19 tests. Hazard Independent High School has suspended workouts for two weeks, as nine football players and one assistant coach have tested positive for the coronavirus since Tuesday, according to a report by the Herald Leader.
Scott Lockard, director of the Kentucky River District Health Department in Hazard, believes the “commonality” of the positive tests can be linked to the school’s weight room. As of Saturday, all 10 people are quarantined in their homes.
The school district shared the following message on Facebook:
Across the state, a handful of school districts have hit the pause button on workouts following positive test results or exposure. Russell Independent School District, Clay County Public Schools and Phelps High School in Pike County have each temporarily suspended their workouts.
Meanwhile, the KHSAA still believes there will be high school athletics in the Bluegrass this fall. Commissioner Julian Tackett recently outlined a general plan that delayed the start of fall sports until at least August 3.
“We’re playing this fall,” Tackett said. “We’re going to participate in athletics and activities this fall. We don’t know what it’s going to look like, but we’re going to.”
Final decisions on how high school sports will proceed from here are expected to be determined by the KHSAA at its next meeting, scheduled for July 28.