Football workouts to continue one day after student tests positive for COVID-19

Jonesboro High School Athletic Director Trey Harding told Region 8 News Monday’s suspension was to “clean and disinfect facilities.”

Football workouts to continue one day after student tests positive for COVID-19

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Jonesboro Public Schools suspended activities Monday after a student tested positive for the coronavirus.

Marcie Cheatham, communications and marketing director for the district, told Region 8 News the student was a football player.

In the afternoon hours of Monday, Jonesboro High School Athletic Director Trey Harding told Region 8 News that the team would resume workouts Tuesday. Harding said Monday’s suspension was to clean and disinfect facilities.

Harding said the school is in “consistent contact with the Arkansas Department of Health."

JPS said in a social media post that the Arkansas Department of Health would be notifying students who had “close contact with the individual.”

Jonesboro Public Schools COVID-19 Update June 15, 2020 The Jonesboro School District received notification of a...

Posted by Jonesboro Public Schools on Monday, June 15, 2020

The district stated it had “suspended activities at the location in order to sanitize and disinfect for the return of our students.”

Administrators did not say where the student had contracted the virus. They also said they would not release any personal information publicly to ensure the privacy of the students and staff.

Last month, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that team sports could resume on June 1 provided they followed the ADH’s directives. According to the guidelines, all athletes and coached had to be screened before participating and equipment had to be sanitized frequently.

Randy Coleman, head coach for the Jonesboro High School football team, told Region 8 News on June 9 that the kids and staff had “done a great job” adjusting to the requirements as they entered their second week of workouts.

“We’re going to abide by the rules and do what we’re told to do,” he said at the time. “There’s been no complaints and the kids have been great with [the COVID-19 guidelines]."

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and provide updates as they become available.

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