East-West game in jeopardy after positive COVID tests

(Citizen Tribune) Practices for the West High football team have been cancelled for the week and the entire team has been encouraged to quarantine after multiple players tested positive for COVID-19, Dr. Jeff Perry, Hamblen County school superintendent, said.

Perry did not give a number of players that tested positive, but said other players are being tested.

School officials had halted practices last Thursday after a football player tested positive. Perry said last week that parents had been alerted and as a precaution several took their children to get tested.

He said more players on the team have been tested and are awaiting results.

Perry said the decision has been made to suspend practices for the rest of the week and for a total of 10 days beginning last Thursday. Players are being encouraged to self isolate for 10 days, also retroactive to the first positive.

“It will allow everybody time to recover,” Perry said.

He said school officials are working on plans for the rest of the upcoming school year. Perry said a decision will be made by Friday concerning games.

“That does not mean football season has been cancelled,” he said.