After positive test at football game, refs won’t be quarantining

Published: Aug. 26, 2020 at 7:55 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On August 24, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District announced that a player involved in Saturday’s football game between Lathrop and West Valley high schools had tested positive for COVID-19. This prompted the district to quarantine the two football programs, including those associated with the teams for 14 days. However, the refs who officiated the game do not have to undergo quarantine.

In an email from FNSBSD Superintendent Karen Gaborik, she stated they are working with the referees association. Gaborik said that the ref association would need to go through the contract tracing process to determine if each referee was in close contact.

Fairbanks referee Rob Walkotte said that the referees involved are following the CDC guidelines in regards to COVID-19. The refs at the West Valley/Lathrop game haven’t quarantined, including a ref that officiated a flag football game between Lathrop and Hutchison High School on August 25.

“We follow the CDC and the DHSS guidelines and their guidelines are if you’re more than 6 feet with a total of 15 minutes of the players, then we would go test.” said Walkotte.

Currently the football games for the upcoming weekend of August 28-29 have been cancelled.

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