Richmond football players to quarantine following possible COVID-19 exposure

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Posted at 9:29 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 22:29:45-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Richmond High School football players who participated in Friday night's game are being asked to quarantine after a coach on the opposing team tested positive for COVID-19.

The Richmond R-XVI School District on Monday notified its student-athletes after the Lathrop R-II School District contacted the district. The Ray County Health Department, Richmond R-XVI and an area hospital determined that the athletes should isolate and contact their physician if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms.

In a letter to parents and students, the Lathrop Superintendent Chris Fine said the district's "entire coaching staff" could be quarantined for two weeks and substitutes might not be able to be cover all of the absences.

"We are aware that some players are showing symptoms and many have been to see their doctor today, but are waiting on test results," Fine stated in the letter. "[High school] football parents: You know who the coach was, so please discuss this with your child."

In response to the positive COVID-19 test, Lathrop High School will transition to online only beginning on Tuesday, and both high school and junior high football practices have been cancelled "for at least the next couple of days," according to the letter.

Student-athletes from Excelsior Springs and Savannah high schools also are being asked to quarantine following a positive COVID-19 test at Savannah High School.