Central Dauphin High School athletics, band postponed for a week due to coronavirus exposure


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Central Dauphin athletics and band are postponed for seven days starting today due to a coronavirus incident in the community.

The district says several Central Dauphin High School student-athletes have been exposed to persons with COVID-19 and, as a result, have received positive tests.

For the next week, all scheduled team workouts and gatherings have been cancelled for all sports.

We have learned there was a private graduation party on August 2nd in suburban Harrisburg.
Late last week those who attended were contacted by the Department of Health and were told they should self-isolate due to possible COVID exposure. Abc27 has obtained a copy of the letter sent to party-goers.

We spoke to a young woman who recently graduated from CD who says she was there.She has tested positive for coronavirus and tells abc27 she personally saw cheerleaders and football players at the party.

The school district did not say where the student-athletes were exposed and the Health Department also said it would not comment on this specific case.

In an email, Central Dauphin’s superintendent said, “Safety measures, including thorough disinfection of equipment and areas used by all teams, are being taken. As you are all aware, we are living through a time that no one anticipated involving a pandemic with which we are all still grappling. This regrettable, but required, action underlines again the precautionary measures and sacrifices we all must make in order to have the opportunity to continue participating in school and sports.”

Central Dauphin Music Educator & Band Director Sam Tate also sent out an email to the district Sunday evening saying while no band members are among the reported cases, they are postponing the second week of band camp.

The Department of Health, again, would not comment specifically on this case so right now we don’t know how many people were potentially exposed. We are told this goes far beyond the athletic community into the student population as well.

School is scheduled to start at Central Dauphin exactly two weeks from today.

The Central Dauphin Youth Rams Football is also canceled this week. Even though the youth team is not directly affected, many family members could be so they are taking precautions and delaying the start.

Below is the letter from the Department of Health in regards to the party:

*note the address has been blurred for privacy purposes

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