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Football and baseball still shut down amid contact tracing, testing following COVID-19 cases.

After sports activities at Lake Oswego High School halted earlier this week due to COVID-19 cases, many sports were allowed to resume Friday, March 5.

In a letter to families, LOHS Athletic Director Christopher Coleman said continued contact tracing prompted the school to revisit cancellations that were announced March 3. According to the district, several COVID-19 cases at LOHS were discovered and believed to be associated with a social gathering outside of school Feb. 25.

"There are many layers of this situation, and we are doing our best to navigate through it all. With each hour that passes, we are learning new information through our contact tracing process," Coleman said in the letter. "We are working closely with Clackamas County Public Health Authorities to make decisions to minimize exposure to our students, staff, coaches and those of the school(s) we are scheduled to compete against. These decisions resulted in the postponement of nearly all of our athletics programs earlier this week, beyond those included in the initial LOSD update."

Now, eight sports — boys and girls basketball, lacrosse, soccer, cheer, cross country, dance, softball and volleyball — have been cleared to resume activities. All levels of football and baseball remain canceled until a quarantine process has been completed, according to Coleman.

"Contact tracing and testing is still in progress. As we get more information we will continue to update you on the status of these programs," Coleman said.

He added that he hoped this would be "a teachable moment."

"I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that we all need to remember that our top priority is student, staff and community safety and the concern for the health of everyone involved," Coleman said. "We all need to remember that while the metrics are improving and games and contests are starting, we must make safe choices and be diligent in our mask-wearing and social distancing. … I have no doubt that our responsiveness, transparency, protocols and safety measures have helped mitigate the transmission in our school."

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