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Kent County Health Department Order Could Devastate Organized Sports

10-day quarantine for any player contact with COVID-positive teammate

The Kent County Health Department issued a COVID-19 order on Aug. 6 that could sideline athletic teams for 10 days if a single member receives a positive coronavirus test result.

The order requires any athlete in physical contact for any amount of time with another athlete who has the disease to enter quarantine for 10 days.

This could have a drastic impact on college and high school team sports within Kent County. In most of these, teammates have direct physical contact with each other during hours long practices.

The Kent County Health Department confirmed in an email that the standard of “any direct physical contact” with a fellow player who has COVID-19 would trigger the 10-day quarantine.

The agency said the order is based on guidance from the World Health Organization.

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