NHS football reacts quickly to potential COVID exposure

Navarre’s football team quickly dealt with a situation involving a handful of players that were at a gathering with someone outside the program displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

As a precaution, all six players were sent home prior to the team’s summer workout Wednesday. None showed signs of the virus. They did not attend Thursday’s workout either.

The test results of the person, who is not a football player, were pending as of Wednesday.

Because of the upcoming July 4 holiday, the team is not scheduled to hold a workout again until July 6.

The quick action shows the system works. Navarre continues to take precautions such as doing temperature checks and asking questions related to COVID-19.

With cases rising in Florida during the ongoing pandemic – the state has recorded back-to-back days of 5,000-plus — Navarre head coach Jay Walls is prepared for similar situations in the future.

“It is reality right now with more people testing positive (in the state),” Walls said. “It’s something we have to be aware of and that we might have to shut down a pod or a group if we have a positive test. “We continue to take all the precautions that we can.”

Other than the one issue, however, the first two weeks of summer workouts have gone well for the Raiders. They returned to work June 16. It’s the first time teams have been able to hold organized workouts since March.

“Attendance has been outstanding. You can tell a lot of kids have been working out on their own,” Walls said. “The first week was a lot of lifting and running, but this week we’ve been able to do some skill work. It’s not as normal as it would be, but it’s pretty close.”

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