Gophers sidelined by virus exposure
The Gresham High School Gopher football team won't be able to play the last two games of the season after a team member was exposed to the COVID-19 virus and the team was put in a 14 day precautionary quarantine.
Both the varsity and junior varsity teams will be in quarantine for two weeks and will miss games scheduled for April 3 and April 10.
"Unfortunately, the length of the quarantine dictated by public health authorities lasts through the end of the football season," the Gresham-Barlow School District said in a statement.
The quarantine is a precautionary measure to prevent future spread, Principal Drake Shelton said in a letter to Gopher families.
The district did not divulge how or when the student had been exposed.
The district said in a statement, "On March 28 we learned of a COVID-19 exposure within the Gresham High School football team. We immediately contacted the Multnomah Education Service District and the Multnomah County Health Department and have been following their direction,"
Parents of football team members have been notified.
Other high school sports teams, including Lake Oswego High School and Sheldon High School, have had practices, games and events canceled due to exposure or positive tests for the COVID-19 virus among players.
The general Gresham High School community was notified only because the games had to be canceled.
"Please understand that our normal communication protocol during a COVID-19 exposure in a school is to only contact those individuals directly affected. Because this exposure has resulted in the cancellation of football games, we are informing the entire school community," the principal's message said.
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