McClatchy High School quarantines football, baseball teams after 6 positive COVID-19 tests

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – According to a Sacramento City Unified School District official, C.K. McClatchy High School has quarantined both their football and baseball teams after six individuals tested positive for COVID-19.

The official could not tell FOX40 how many of those individuals are staff or student-athletes.

The athletic programs have been operating in cohorts to reduce exposure to other students and staff and easily conduct contract tracing when positive cases are reported.

Every week, students, staff and coaches in the athletic program take COVID-19 tests in order to participate.

Per the district’s guidelines, both teams will be quarantined, with the baseball team returning April 11 and the football team returning three days later on April 14, which will likely end that team’s season.

In a Facebook post, Restore the Roar, a group that supports McClatchy’s athletics program, said they were informed by the school’s athletic director that Thursday night’s game against Florin High School would be canceled due to the positive COVID-19 tests. Future games against Burbank and Kennedy high Schools were also canceled, according to the group.

The news of these outbreaks comes the same day Sacramento County Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye said there’s a link between youth sports and a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases.

“So what we have seen lately in the last week is that there has been a little bit of an uptick in our cases and many of these have been related to youth sports,” Dr. Kasirye said.

She went on to say most of these outbreaks have been small and once teams are quarantined, they can halt the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the school district told the Sacramento Bee there’s no evidence that suggests the spread of COVID-19 among these people happened during the team’s practices or games. She also said there’s no evidence the confirmed COVID-19 cases between the sports are linked.

For more information about SCUSD’s health and safety protocols, click or tap here.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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