Carthage student-athlete tests positive for coronavirus

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The Carthage School District closed its Tiger Activities Center, gyms and athletic facilities on Friday after reports that two student-athletes had contact with someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Sunday, the district confirmed that one student-athlete has also tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The district revealed these details in separate posts on the Carthage R-9 School District Facebook page on Friday afternoon and Sunday morning.

In its Sunday post, the district said it had received confirmation of the student athlete’s positive coronavirus test.

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“All people who were in close contact with the student-athlete will be contacted by the health department,” the district’s post said. “I cannot share the student athlete’s name or who the student-athlete contacted. However, we do not believe the student-athlete participated in activities in the high school gyms or weight room.

“I hope you recognize I cannot share confidential information regardless of the words you post and how unfair you think it is. Health Department officials will contact all individuals. Please follow the recommendations suggested by them.”

The district’s Friday Facebook post said two student-athletes had had contact with “a community member who recently tested positive for COVID-19,” but neither student-athlete had tested positive at that time.

“However, we are taking extra precautions by shutting down the Tiger Activity Center, high school gyms and weight room and field house on Monday, June 8, as both student-athletes were in those facilities this week,” the post said. “Even though we already cleaned the previously mentioned areas yesterday and are following all protocols and recommended guidelines, we will sanitize the areas again.”

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