The Shippensburg Area Senior High School football team has been forced to postpone its summer workouts for two weeks after a player tested positive for COVID-19.
The news was announced Monday afternoon in an email sent out to district parents. In the email, Shippensburg Area School District Athletic Director Michael Montedoro wrote:
“We have recently been notified of a football student athlete who has tested positive for COVID-19. This student had minimal team contact in outdoor workouts conducted by the football team. Several days later the student exhibited symptoms and was tested. As a precautionary measure, football team workouts are canceled for the next two weeks. In an abundance of caution, the building weight room, gymnasium and restrooms will also be sanitized. Because some players also worked out with the boys’ basketball team, basketball workouts have also been canceled for two weeks.
“We are encouraging boys participating in high school football and/or basketball to self-quarantine with their families. If students or family members exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms, parents should contact their family physician immediately to seek advice and be tested. As a reminder, if any student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19, families should contact the student’s coach and school immediately.”
Shippensburg joins Cedar Cliff and Lampeter Strasburg as South Central Pennsylvania high school programs that have seen their summer workouts be impacted after a player or coach testing positive for COVID-19.
At Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Chris Suppo noted:
“We are praying for that student, and hoping for a quick recovery. And we are also hoping many others don’t contract the virus. We are also putting measures in place to mitigate the spread by suspending football and basketball practices for two weeks. We suspended basketball because there are some football players who also play basketball. We wanted to make sure those families were aware.”