MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Muskogee Public Schools out of an abundance of caution has paused football activities for the varsity football team Thursday, October 22, 2020 following a positive COVID-19 case within the team.
The varsity football team’s scheduled home contests on Friday, October 23 versus Bixby and Tuesday, October 27 versus Putnam City West have been canceled. The district will reassess the situation early next week to determine if the game on October 30 versus Booker T. Washington can be played.
“This is an overly cautious step that we are taking as a district to cancel these games and to pause varsity football activities at this time. We have a positive case within the team and several student-athletes who are quarantined as well,” Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall said. “This is an unprecedented time for not only our school district but also our country, and as we navigate through this global pandemic, the health and safety of our students must be the priority.”
Students and staff who have been in direct contact with the individual who tested positive were notified by school administration and coaches. Direct contact means an individual was within six feet for 15 minutes or more of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
“I am appreciative of our staff who have worked diligently in conjunction with the Muskogee County Health Department in contract tracing in this case and other positive cases since the start of the pandemic,” explained Dr. Mendenhall.
Football activities for the eighth and ninth grade football teams will continue as scheduled. Also, the Muskogee Athletics Hall of Fame banquet will be held as originally scheduled Friday evening to honor the seven inductees of the Class of 2020.
Tickets purchased for the Bixby game on Oct. 23 and for the PC West game on Oct. 27 will be refunded via the Muskogee Athletic Department. Individuals who have purchased tickets should contact the Muskogee Athletic Department at 918-684-3700 ext 1764.