OSCODA – After over a week of being in quarantine, the Oscoda middle school football team was finally freed on Monday, Oct. 12.
Members of the team were placed in quarantine after a potentially positive COVID-19 case developed from an opponent in their contest against Ogemaw Heights on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
On Monday, Oct. 12 Oscoda Area Schools administration was notified that the case was negative, allowing the football team to return to school, and to practice.
“We followed the direction of the health department, they’re really the ones who say there’s a need to be quarantined,” Oscoda superintendent Scott Moore said. “When the health department makes the determination that someone is going to be quarantined, it will be 14 days and if it turns out to be false, they will call and let you know.”
On Saturday, Oct. 3, Ogemaw Heights administration reached out to Oscoda Area Schools, letting them know of the presumptive positive case on their middle school football team.
“We worked with the health department and worked at finding the 14 students that played in that football game,” Moore said. “We contacted those families and let our staff know that they would be quarantined until we received word from the health department. It took them a little while to get the results from the tests back.”
Team members were prohibited from practicing and were held out of school for six days, however they kept up with classroom activity virtually. The quarantine ended on Monday evening, when Oscoda administration was contacted shortly before its board meeting and told that the case was in fact negative.
The students that participated in that football game were back in the classroom Tuesday morning, though their football game on Wednesday was not played. This was the second game the team had to cancel due to being quarantined. Oscoda athletic director Mike Buchinger indicated via text message Friday morning that the middle school game at Tawas Area on Wednesday, Oct. 21 will go on as scheduled.
Moore added that the school did not conduct its own COVID-19 testing.
“There may have been some families that got tested, but if you are in quarantine and you test negative you are still in quarantine, because symptoms can develop later on and you can still be contagious,” Moore said. “The only way you can get out of quarantine is if it (the initial case) turns out to be negative, which happened in this case.”