A New Palestine High School football player tested positive for COVID-19, a district spokesperson confirmed to IndyStar.
Wes Anderson, director of school and community relations for Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County, said the district found out that the student tested positive Thursday night.
He said the district is still planning to reopen its schools on Monday.
“We’ve already been through some of our common athletic area spaces with some extra care to disinfect and sanitize,” Anderson said. “That was conducted as soon as we became aware that that athlete was symptomatic.”
He said that the group of football players the infected player trained with in a work-out room are quarantining, though he was not sure how many.
Anderson said that to his knowledge, no coaches will be quarantined.
“I actually am on our football coaching staff, as well,” he said. “Our coaches have done a tremendous amount of due diligence of making sure we’re social distanced in the weight room, while we’re on the practice field. We’re coaching from afar, basically.”
Anderson said the team canceled practice on Friday “just as a precautionary measure.” The team will resume practice Monday afternoon. As of now, the team still plans to play its first game on August 21, he said.
Indiana has allowed physical contact at football practices since July 20. Several teams have paused workouts and quarantined players because of positive tests.
In Marion County, contact sports are allowed for now, but are under further review by the Marion County Health Department.
At Greenfield Central Junior High School, also in Hancock County, a student tested positive for COVID-19 after attending part of the first day of class, according to an email families received on Thursday evening.
Indiana reported on Saturday that there have been 608 total cases of the novel coronavirus in HanoCounty and 37 deaths.