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COVID-19 in Utah schools: Farmington HS moves online for 2 weeks; Uintah HS announces end of football season

By Sean Walker and Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Posted - Oct. 20, 2020 at 5:07 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Farmington High School announced Tuesday it will close for two weeks, and the Uintah High School football season is over after more positive cases of COVID-19 were reported.

Uintah High School announces end of football season

Another Utah high school football team has ceded its spot in the playoffs.

A day after Fremont forfeited its first-round 6A matchup against Copper Hills, Uintah has been withdrawn from the Class 4A playoffs after the team met the criteria for an outbreak of COVID-19, the district confirmed Tuesday.

The Uintah School District did not confirm how many athletes or coaches tested positive for the virus. But public health protocols require a class — including a team or extracurricular activity — to go through a mandatory 14-day period of quarantine or self-isolation with the emergence of three positive tests.

The Utes, who were seeded No. 22 in the Class 4A state tournament, were scheduled to face No. 11 Mountain View on Friday. The Bruins have been advanced to play at Stansbury next Friday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. MDT.

Uintah had previously approved a plan through the TriCounty Health Department and Utah High School Activities Association that would've seen the Utes come off quarantine with subsequent negative tests for the virus using rapid testing provided by the school district. Under the plan, coaches and players — who were in quarantine Oct. 15 when the plan was approved — would have been required to be tested for COVID-19 Tuesday and Thursday.

At least 90% of the team would have been required to test negative for Friday's game to be played.

After the first round of tests, however, the Utes' season was determined to end after an 0-10 regular season. Under UHSAA guidelines, Mountain View receives credit for a 1-0 win by forfeit to improve to 6-3 on the season; the Bruins had previously defeated the Utes 49-0 in Region 10 play.

Uintah High School will work with parents to find a way to honor the team's 19 seniors, the district said.

Farmington High School moves online

Farmington High School students are moving to online learning for the next two weeks amid a COVID-19 outbreak.

The school is closing per health department guidelines after more than 15 COVID-19 cases were reported in the school community.

The closure begins Wednesday in an effort to control the virus' spread. It's expected to reopen by Nov. 4, school officials wrote in a statement.

Breakfast and lunch will still be provided to students during the closure. Students and parents can pick the meals up at the school daily from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

While classes have moved online, extracurricular activities can continue during the two-week period. However, if three or more COVID-19 cases are reported among an activity's team members, the group will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

"We thank you for your patience and support during this time as we work together to reduce the current spike in cases and keep students and staff as safe as possible," school officials wrote in a letter to parents. "We also strongly encourage proper washing of hands, the use of face coverings, the practice of physical distancing, keeping students home when they are sick and the continual effort to clean and disinfect as ways to slow the spread of the virus."

The school is in Davis County, which contains 7.6% of the state's total COVID-19 cases, according to USAFacts.org data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sean Walker
Lauren Bennett

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