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Glen Burnie varsity football team ends season early after player tests positive for COVID

Glen Burnie varsity football will not play its final two games because of COVID-19 cases and quarantine orders among the Gophers program, Anne Arundel schools spokesman Bob Mosier confirmed Wednesday.

A Glen Burnie varsity football player tested positive for the coronavirus after playing in the team’s game against Southern April 1, and most recently participated in team activities on Friday. Because the athlete’s close contacts could not be “definitively determined and out of an abundance of caution,” all student-athletes involved in the game and Friday practice must quarantine for 14 days.

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The earliest the team could gather for in-person activates again is April 16, the day of the team’s final game against North County. Mosier said that game will not be played, nor will Friday’s game at Severna Park. Glen Burnie finishes the shortened season 0-2. Mosier said the team may have a “culminating activity” after returning from quarantine.

Glen Burnie High Principal Scott McGuire wrote in a letter to families of varsity football players on Tuesday that they recommended everyone involved in those two days of activities be tested for COVID-19. No close contacts outside of the football program were identified.

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“It is important to understand that we are in the midst of a pandemic,” McGuire wrote. “All of our programs take the necessary precautions in order to operate and no one is at fault for the spread of this virus. It is in a time like this that we all must support each other, and I know that we will do that.”

It’s the first Anne Arundel County Public Schools football game to be canceled or postponed due to coronavirus. Severna Park’s varsity football team had its own coronavirus issues in February and paused in-person team activities for two weeks during the preseason. Southern varsity football also had a player test positive for the virus in early March but the program was allowed to continue practicing after the county health department identified close contacts of the student-athlete.

Numerous other athletic programs throughout the county have announced positive cases since Saturday, including North County and Severna Park varsity boys soccer and Northeast and Arundel varsity football. None of those programs had games canceled or postponed as close contacts were identified in each instance.

This article will be updated.

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