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Napa Valley Prep Football: At least one person at Napa High football workouts tests positive for COVID-19
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Napa Valley Prep Football: At least one person at Napa High football workouts tests positive for COVID-19

Napa High Football summer conditioning workout

Napa High football players run a defensive line drill during a summer conditioning workout on July 15.

At least one individual involved with the football workouts at Napa High School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email sent from Principal Monica Ready to the parents of players.

In the July 30 email, obtained by the Register, Ready writes: “This letter is to inform you that a student or staff member in your child’s summer football conditioning cohort (pod) has tested positive for COVID-19. The last date of known exposure to the cohort was July 24, 2020.”

After a voicemail was left for Ready, Napa Valley Unified School District spokesperson Cass Caulfield responded by email that it was actually two members of the program who tested positive for the virus.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes and coaching staff is our number one priority. That is why we developed strict protocols that were approved by the Napa County Department of Public Health before we began our summer sports conditioning program,” Caulfield wrote.

“Recently at Napa High, two members of our summer conditioning program tested positive for COVID-19. Both individuals followed our protocols and the school immediately notified the specific athletes and staff that had contact with the individuals during the workouts. We are not aware of any other athletes or staff members that have tested positive. The summer conditioning program ended on July 24.”

Since offseason workouts started in late June, student-athletes have been able to practice only in groups of 10 or fewer athletes based on health and safety guidelines laid out in the Napa Valley Unified School District’s Return to Play policy.

Offseason conditioning came to an end last week for most schools in the county following the postponement of high school sports until December and January. Workouts had been taking place since late June.

This is the first known COVID-19 case involving a member of a school in Napa County. The American Canyon High football team ended its workouts over a week ago due to a COVID-19 scare that was ultimately a false alarm.

As of Thursday, the county’s cases continue to climb. Five more positive tests brought the total to 865 since March, but over half of the positive tests have come in July. While 391 people are considered recovered, there are still currently 466 active cases with eight deaths and 14 currently hospitalized.

Contact Gus via phone at 707-304-9372 or email at gmorris@napanews.com. Follow him on Twitter @JustGusMorris.

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Gus Morris covers St. Helena and Calistoga sports for the Napa Valley Register. Before joining the Register in 2018, he covered collegiate sports for the student publication at the University of Oregon.

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