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Excelsior Springs football team quarantined after possible COVID-19 exposure

Clay County health officials release coaches Tues.
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Posted at 5:53 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 14:21:43-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, Sept. 1 | The Excelsior Springs football coaching staff has been released from a precautionary quarantine.

The entire Tigers football team was asked to quarantine after possible exposure Friday during a season-opening 33-21 win at Savannah, where two new COVID-19 cases were reported Monday among students.

The Clay County Public Health Center released the coaching staff from quarantine Tuesday after the Excelsior Springs School District confirmed to health officials that the coaches had no contact with Savannah players, according to a post on the district’s Facebook page.

ORIGINAL STORY | Less than three days after playing its first game of the season, the entire Excelsior Springs High School varsity football team is now being asked to quarantine by the Clay County Health Department.

According to a Facebook post from the school, the quarantine stems from a positive COVID-19 test reported at Savannah High School, where the Excelsior Springs football team played last Friday.

The district said anyone who was on the football field during last Friday’s game should watch for COVID-19 symptoms.

“As more information becomes available, Clay County Health will release players and coaches from their quarantine once they are determined not to be at risk,” the district said.

Students at Savannah High School meanwhile, were released early Monday as Savannah R-3 district officials were still trying to complete contract tracing efforts. The district posted on its website that two new COVID-19 cases have been reported, giving the high school six cases overall.

In a post on its website, the district said they anticipate school will resume on Tuesday.