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Portage Northern High shuts down athletics activities after multiple positive coronavirus tests

2 student-athletes, 1 sibling confirmed to have COVID-19
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Posted at 2:07 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 14:07:34-04

PORTAGE, Mich. — Summer workouts for sports teams at Portage Northern High have been halted, after multiple students tested positive for coronavirus.

According to Superintendent Jim French, 2 student-athletes tested positive in the last week, along with the sibling of another student.

In the first case the student developed symptoms on July 21st. Once the positive test result came back, they've been isolated. That student last took part in school activities on July 14.

The district did not release information on when the second student-athlete tested positive for coronavirus, but did share that the student attended a workout 2 days prior to getting tested.

Another student-athlete and family self-quarantined when a sibling became symptomatic. So far, none of the other family members have tested positive.

Portage Public Schools and the Kalamazoo County Health Department reached out to anyone who attended workouts with the 3 student-athletes.

School administrators decided to cancel all athletic workouts for the next two weeks, along with marching band practices for this week, in hopes of being able to hold conditioning workouts just before official practices begin.

Read the full letter to parents.

High school football practices are scheduled to begin on August 10.