Kempsville High School suspends athletic conditioning for two weeks after athlete tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 4:22 PM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 16:42:52-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Kempsville High School officials informed families on Saturday that athletic conditioning will be suspended for two weeks after one person participating in athletic conditioning has tested positive for COVID-19.

School officials say the individual who tested postive, participated in the athletic conditioning on Kempville's outdoor fields on July 13 and July 14.

The athlete will not return to the school or fields until released by their healthcare provider and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance has been met. The 14-day quarantine period for the exposure to this person ends on July 30.

The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDH) believes the risk of transmission is low since this individual did not share equipment and practiced social distancing as required on the school's fields and tracks during athletic conditioning.

Even though KHS athletes have been cleared by the division’s coordinator for health services to return to conditioning as soon as they’d like, the KHS coaches and division administrators decided to suspend athletic conditioning at KHS for two weeks.

According to Kempsville High School's Principal, the school has worked with the VBDPH in identifying and communicating with individuals who may have had an increased exposure risk and require additional notification and guidance.

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