2nd Centerville High School football player has COVID-19; district reassesses

Another Centerville High School football player has tested positive for the COVID-19, and the school district has put a hold on full-contact practices, as a school board member urged and other districts have done.

The second positive case involves another a CHS athlete who participated in voluntary skills training with the freshmen football team, as did the first, Centerville City Schools Community Relations Specialist Sarah Swan confirmed Thursday.

Swan said the district has suspended full-contact practices, which Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine allowed starting Monday.

The district became aware of the first case Friday, and the second one this week, she said. Information about both cases have been relayed to Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, an agency official said.

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“We decided to slow down our return to contact sports and remain with skills training for the time being,” Swan said in an email.

That follows school board member and pediatrician Dr. David Roer’s suggestion that district officials re-evaluate full-contact practices, some of which were held Monday, Swan said.

“My concern that this is probably going to get worse before it gets better,” Roer told district officials at Monday night’s board of education meeting.

Oakwood and Springboro schools have yet to allow full-contact practices, Roer said. Athletic directors for those districts did not respond Thursday to inquiries.

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Kettering schools, meanwhile, have yet to start full-contact sessions, said district Athletic Director Chris Weaver.

“We just felt there wasn’t an immediacy to starting those practices while we were still working through our second phase protocols, which our coaches and athletes were already used to,” Weaver said in an email.

That district is not aware of any positive coronavirus tests involving district athletes and Kettering Fairmont High School’s football team is set to begin its phase involving full-contact practices July 6 “barring any unforeseen obstacles,” he said.

Roer said a recent rise in the number of Ohio COVID-19 cases has made it “one of those red states” where numbers are spiking. DeWine said Thursday most recent numbers “show a big increase.”

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Roer on Monday night recommended suspending full-contact practices “for another couple of weeks until we see the trend and where it’s going.

“I don’t want to be the district (where) all of a sudden we have a…..little epicenter of outbreak because we’re doing contact….It’s not a good thing,” Roer told board members.

Centerville has discontinued skills training for the freshman football team, Swan said. All families and coaches that may have been affected were contacted after the first positive case so they could take additional precautions, she added.

Centerville school district officials have sanitized the facility space used by freshmen team and are working with public health officials on future steps, Swan said Monday.

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Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County has been “in touch with the relevant parties and the school to begin the contact tracing and self-quarantine procedures that take place for every case,” according to Dan Suffoletto, the agency’s public information supervisor.

Those ages 0-19 constitute less than 9% percent of the positive COVID-19 cases recorded by public health through Sunday, preliminary records show.

The 20-29 age group makes up 17.2% percent of those cases while the 30-39 age category is the highest single group at 18.7%, according to public health records.

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