Northside football temporarily suspends activities after five coronavirus cases

Northside High School had to temporarily suspend football after five COVID-19 cases traced back to the program.

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – Northside High School’s football team is temporarily suspending activities after five cases of coronavirus were traced back to the program.

The team released a statement on Tuesday and said the first person to test positive started showing symptoms on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Officials said the Roanoke & Alleghany Health Department was notified on Monday as the school started contract tracing. Because of this, the team said it did not hold practice on Monday.

By 8 p.m. that night, five coronavirus cases were traced back to the football program.

The following message was sent out Monday night through the team notification app:

According to the team’s statement, the school nurse will continue contact tracing and the Roanoke & Alleghany Health Department will conduct follow-up contact tracing.

Officials said the program is expected to resume activities on March 15.

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