Laurens District High School put an end to its football season on Thursday, citing a positive COVID-19 test on Wednesday.
“An active member of the program” tested positive, according to the District 55 release. The individual was not symptomatic until the day of the test and, as a result, had attended practices within the 48-hour window preceding the onset of symptoms. LCSD 55 and the staff at Laurens District High School are analyzing all the close contacts of the positive case.
Laurens (2-4) had been scheduled to end its season on Nov. 13 at Clinton. As a result, the Raiders and Red Devils will not play for the county championship for the first time in 51 years, dating back to 1969.
The Raiders were unrepresented at Thursday’s meeting of the Laurens County Touchdown Club. Head coach Daryl Smith sent a note explaining that in view of the contact tracing taking place in the team, he wanted to be “extra cautious” about exposure to the club’s membership. He said the TD Club “has been a bright spot” of the team’s year.
Chief of Staff Ed Murray said, “We will directly notify all students and staff that came into close contact with the infected individual within 24 hours following confirmation of the positive case. Those that were in close contact will remain off campus for up to 14 days to ensure they do not have the virus to help prevent any further spread.
“While we do not have reason to believe that those who were not in close contact with the infected individual have reason to be concerned, we ask everyone, as always, to watch for symptoms of COVID-19.”