Coffee County Schools and the Coffee County EMA released a statement on Aug. 14 announcing that the New Brockton football team has been ordered to quarantine after a student tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the release, the NBHS student has not been on campus for multiple days but did test positive for COVID-19 and, as a result, the football team has been ordered to quarantine based upon potential exposure to the student that tested positive.
The Coffee County School System has been in contact with the Alabama Department of Public Health regarding this matter.
“We appreciate the patient and understanding shown by our students and parents as well as the school administration and staff as we deal with these possible health issues,” the statement read. “Coffee County Schools takes this matter seriously and will continue to work with our partners to offer the safest learning environment possible for our students and staff.”
ADPH released new guidelines last week that strongly urges school systems to send any student home to quarantine for 14 days that has been within six-feet of another student, for a cumulative of 15 minutes during the day, that has either tested positive for COVID-19 or displays two or more symptoms of the virus.
According to ADPH guidelines, Gamecock players will need to quarantine for 14 days, which will result in the cancellation of New Brockton's Aug. 21 game with Cottonwood and Aug. 29 game with Georgiana. Coffee County Superintendent Kevin Killingsworth confirmed the cancellations to The Sun. Neither of those games are region games.
New Brockton Head Coach and Athletic Director Zack Holmes was unavailable for comment.