For the second and third time this week, positive COVID-19 cases have impacted local high school games.
Reed High's game at Wooster scheduled for Friday has been canceled after two positive tests within the Colts' program, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. Additionally, the game scheduled between Dayton and Spring Creek was canceled due to a positive case in the Dust Devils' program, Dayton's athletic director, David Palmer, told Nevada Sports Net on Thursday.
"We are hopeful that we will be able to field a team next week v. Elko," Palmer wrote in an email to NSN.
Wooster football coach Bo Sellers told the newspaper the program has one positive test on the varsity roster and another one at the junior varsity level. Those tests were taken Wednesday and the players were scheduled to be re-tested Thursday. The NIAA is using antigen tests, which are quicker but less reliable than PCR tests.
Per Washoe County Heath District policy, anybody who had contact with a COVID-19 positive must quarantine for 10 days or quarantine for seven days with a negative test at least five days after most recent contact with the positive case. Wooster has paused all football operations.
Wooster is scheduled to play North Valleys on March 26 and could play that game if it doesn't have any additional positive tests next week. Per state regulations, all high school football personnel must test at least once per week to play this season.
This is the second and third game Northern Nevada high school football game impacted by COVID-19 positives after a Douglas High player tested positive Monday. The Tigers were scheduled to play Damonte Ranch on Friday night. That game has been pushed back to Saturday at 4 p.m. as long as Douglas clears its tests scheduled for Friday.