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West Bladen High football pauses workouts through Feb. 16 due to COVID-19

West Bladen High football pauses workouts through Feb. 16 due to COVID-19
Updated: Feb. 4, 2021 at 10:27 AM EST
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ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (WECT) - The West Bladen High School varsity football team has paused workouts through Feb. 16 due to COVID-19.

According to a news release, district officials learned on Wednesday that 30 individuals associated with the team were identified as close contacts to a person who tested positive for the virus. Those individuals will remain off-campus for up to 14 days.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association was made aware of the situation and told the district that “the team must postpone any schedule contest during this quarantine period.”

The team will return to workouts and competitive play after Feb. 16 and their first game, scheduled for Feb. 26, will be played.

The county’s health department is also aware and is working with the district to identify others who may have had close contact with the Covid-positive individual.

“The safety and well-being of Bladen County Schools’ students and staff is always our number one priority. We are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of all. Bladen County Schools are following CDC and DHHS guidelines as we continue to monitor the situation,” the news release stated.

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