Daytona State School suspends sports activities after ’unacceptable’ spike in COVID-19 positivity fee
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – All athletic actions at Daytona State School have been suspended resulting from what faculty officers are calling an “unacceptable enhance in positivity fee” amongst pupil athletes.
In accordance with an announcement from a consultant on the school, the suspension comes after a reported spike within the COVID-19 positivity fee amongst athletes who dwell at school housing.
College officers stated on Friday that 20 out of 165 pupil athletes had examined optimistic for COVID-19.
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The consultant stated the varsity deliberate to have fall sports activities regardless of the pandemic, however that the rise in instances, suspending athletics was in the perfect curiosity of the gamers and coaches.
“Daytona State School Athletics has been an integral a part of the planning course of for the autumn semester. Nonetheless, resulting from an unacceptable enhance within the positivity fee amongst a gaggle of pupil athletes residing in school housing, and for his or her security, in addition to the protection for coaches, employees and school, school directors are suspending athletics actions instantly. This consists of practices, group conferences, examine halls, and group and/or particular person exercises,” stated Chris Thomes, the varsity’s director of selling and communication.
In accordance with Thomes, the cross nation group shall be allowed to proceed its season because it’s already underway and runners don’t dwell at school housing.
Thomes stated all pupil athletes who dwell at school housing are in quarantine as a precaution. As soon as they’re out of quarantine, the school will not home college students within the house complicated the place the spike was reported, Thomes stated. Particular residing preparations shall be made for these with hardships as the varsity sees match, he stated.
“Our dedication is all the time the well being and security of our college students, school and employees,” Thomes stated. “This can be a tough choice, however security drives each alternative we make.”
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The spike comes as well being officers say the state’s coronavirus scenario seems to be stabilizing.
The Florida Division of Well being reported 3,198 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Fifty-nine of these instances had been reported in Volusia County, the place Daytona State School is positioned. Greater than 9,600 instances of the novel coronavirus have been reported in Volusia County since March, when the virus was first detected in Florida.
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