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Severna Park High football player tests positive for COVID, team pauses activities for 14 days

An Anne Arundel County varsity football team has already paused team activities after a student-athlete tested positive for coronavirus.

The Severna Park High student attended the first day of practice last Tuesday, and the county Department of Health is requiring all coaches and student-athletes to quarantine for 14 days, from Feb. 17 until March 3. The junior varsity team did not practice last Tuesday and is not affected, and practices for other athletic programs can also continue as the county’s protocol disallows teams from sharing spaces.

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Severna Park principal Patrick Bathras wrote in a letter to the families on Saturday that this single incident is not expected to prevent the team from having a football season. The first game is scheduled for March 26 at North County.

Bathras also wrote, “We recommend that everyone involved in the February 16, 2021, practice be tested for COVID-19.”

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There were nine coronavirus cases among athletic programs at eight different high schools during the three-week period of fall sports practices in October and November. The county confirmed positive cases on the Broadneck High boys soccer and volleyball teams, Glen Burnie football, South River football, Annapolis girls soccer, Old Mill boys soccer, Northeast boys soccer and Arundel High football.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools will have high school students return to school buildings for hybrid learning March 8 with grades 9 and 12, while grades 10 and 11 can resume in-person learning March 22.

On Monday, Maryland’s COVID-19 positivity rate dropped below 4% for the first time since Nov. 2, a week before rising cases caused the in-person athletic practices in the county to end early. The state’s case rate per 100,000 fell to 12.4, its lowest level since Oct. 28, and hospitalizations have fallen below 1,000 for the first time since Nov. 16.

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