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Central Pennsylvania schools cancel workouts after positive tests for COVID-19

MALLORY MERDA
The (Carlisle) Sentinel (TNS)
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Cedar Cliff field hockey and boys' soccer practices have been suspended until further notice, according to athletic director John Kosydar.

One player from the soccer team and one from the field hockey team have tested positive for COVID-19. The news was shared with the teams last week, according to soccer head coach Brian Osborne.

"I got word that late last week one of the players tested positive for COVID-19," he said. "We’ve temporarily suspended all offseason workouts.

"We’re following all protocols [set up by the athletic department]."

Late Monday night, Cumberland Valley baseball coach Levi Mumma said Cedar Cliff's baseball team, Colt Baseball, in the Central Penn Varsity League, a summer league substitute after the spring high school baseball season was canceled, dropped out of the league due to a player testing positive. Colt Baseball was 4-0 entering the week, tied atop the standings.

The West Shore School District, which includes Cedar Cliff and Red Land high schools, serves both Cumberland and York counties.

The news comes on the same day Shippensburg football suspended its offseason workouts for two weeks after a player tested positive. The boys' basketball team will also not have practice for two weeks because some players on the football team participating in workouts with them. Shippensburg is located on the Franklin County/Cumberland County border.

Monday, Lampeter-Strasburg in Lancaster County canceled its football practices for two weeks after confirming a coach of the team had tested positive for the virus. The school had temporarily halted practices Thursday when it suspected a positive case, according to LNP.

That makes three known, reported cases of the coronavirus impacting high school athletics for District 3 schools in central Pennsylvania in the past week. The PIAA and Department of Education released guidelines in mid-June which allowed voluntary offseason workouts to resume. Most schools have allowed at least their fall sports teams to return under social distancing guidelines in recent weeks.

Similar to many guidelines at other school districts, West Shore School District's resocialization guidelines for high school sports do not specifically require voluntary offseason workouts be canceled if a player or coach tests positive for the coronavirus.

WSSD's policy states that any athlete or coach who tests positive or suspects they are infected should "notify the school immediately," whether it be a coach, AD or other.

"It will be determined if others who may have been exposed (students, coaches, staff) need to be notified, isolated and/or monitored for symptoms," the policy continues.