NCN Report – Positive COVID-19 Test Cancels West Nebraska Football Game in Scottsbluff

SCOTTSBLUFF – A player testing positive for the COVID-19 virus has cancelled the 2020 East-West Nebraska All-Star Football Game in Scottsbluff.

The player was on the “East Team”. All teammates have been identified as close contacts and will self-quarantine for 14 days and monitored twice-a-day by health officials. Anyone showing symptoms will be tested for COVID-19.

“We know these are the times that we are in and knew when planning these games, this might be possible,” Committee Member Dave Hoxworth said. “The cancellation is in accordance with our response plan and we have and will continue working closely with health officials to continue to mitigate risk.”

The all-star volleyball match is still scheduled for Friday afternoon. There have been no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus with the players involved in the volleyball match.

“The committee has worked very closely with our team to put in place all precautions to reduce risk off the field. This is a no-fault situation that was handled very proactively by all involved. We encourage kindness and understanding as we traverse these uncertain times,” Panhandle Public Health District Director, Kim Engel said.

The all-star weekend brings in athletes nominated by their respective high school coaches from around the area for a two-day shortened week practice, ending with the Friday football game and volleyball match.