COVID-19 ends Point Boro football season early

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[DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]

POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant School District is ending its high school football season, as well as the seasons for girls cross country and boys soccer, after players on those teams tested positive for COVID-19. 

“Today, school administrators made the decision to end the season of three Point Pleasant Borough High School athletic teams due to individuals from each team testing positive for COVID-19. The programs affected are varsity and junior varsity football, boys varsity soccer and the girls cross country team,” Superintendent Vincent S. Smith wrote in a letter on Wednesday, Nov. 11, adding those students are now under quarantine.

Information about the number of athletes who tested positive for the coronavirus, and where they may have picked up the virus, was not immediately available from the district administration.

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Three other new cases of the coronavirus, including two traced to a Halloween house party, were confirmed within the district on Tuesday.

“Recently, school administrators became aware of three district students that have tested positive for COVID-19, one at Memorial Middle School and two at Nellie Bennett Elementary School,”  Mr. Smith wrote in a letter Nov. 10.

“One incident at Nellie Bennett E.S. is an isolated episode and not related to the other cases. The second case at Nellie Bennett E.S. and the occurrence at Memorial M.S. are related and were traced to a house party that took place on Oct. 31, 2020. 

“Family members of students in attendance at the party have reported testing positive and the students of these families have been quarantined in line with CDC and NJ Health Department protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the school,” Mr. Smith said.

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