Will Cheney @CheneyAUG
The Lincoln County football program will undergo quarantine for two weeks following three positive COVID-19 tests.
The high school posted a message on its Facebook page on Friday, canceling practice and conditioning for the next two weeks. The post said coaches are asking all football players to quarantine during that two-week period.
Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Samuel Light said the school board was notified July 16 of a positive COVID-19 test by a student-athlete.
“We notified the health department and began the contact tracing. As the research continued, we discovered that the exposure did not happen in Lincoln County,” Light said in a statement. “We notified our student-athletes that could have been exposed.”
Light said parents notified the board of two more positive tests July 20, which led to the decision to shut the program down for two weeks.
“I contacted Coach (Lee) Chomski to share the news with him. He quickly recommended for all students’ safety that we shut down the football program for two weeks,” he said. “All football players quarantine for 14 days and return to practice on Aug. 7. Student safety is the most important part of our decision. We will continue to take care of all of our students.”
The Georgia High School Association announced last week that the start of the football regular season would be delayed to Sept. 4. Lincoln County is set to open the season against Clinch County at Georgia Southern University’s Allen E. Paulson Stadium on Sept. 5.