Fairborn basketball back to summer training after player tests positive for COVID-19

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The Fairborn High School basketball team went back to summer training on Tuesday after one player tested positive for the coronavirus.

About three weeks ago a basketball player tested positive for the coronavirus, Fairborn City Schools Superintendent Gene Lolli said. The team had been doing summer work outs, Lolli said, but stopped when the player tested positive.

“We shut it down right when we found out and notified parents,” Lolli said. “I’m not aware that he had any contact with other students after he tested positive.”

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Lolli said he knows of no one else on the team who has tested positive.

Athletic Director Kevin Alexander said that summer training is picking back up 19 days after the player first started feeling sick. Every student that the player could have been in contact with before he tested positive should have been contacted, Alexander said.

The weight room is being cleaned daily in between sessions, Alexander said, and equipment has been moved as far apart as possible.

According to Greene County Public Health, three Fairborn football players also tested positive in June. Greene County Public Health spokeswoman Laurie Fox said that 11 Fairborn football players were tested, and three got back positive results.

Alexander said that he knew of one football player who had the coronavirus. After the team learned the player was sick, workouts were moved outside and the weight room was thoroughly cleaned.

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Alexander said that player is expected to be back at practice this week.

Greene County Health encouraged people to continue to be mindful of the virus.

“It’s going to continue to spread if people don’t follow the rules,” Fox said. “You need to wear a face mask, wash your hands and social distance. We need to be vigilant.”