Adams football student tests positive for COVID-19

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published July 21, 2020

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ROCHESTER HILLS — A student on the Adams High School football team has tested positive for COVID-19 after a staffer tested positive earlier, according to the Rochester Community Schools district.

RCS Superintendent Robert Shaner sent an email to district parents July 17 to alert them that a student had tested positive, nine days after an Adam’s football coaching staffer tested positive for COVID-19.

“We just received notice that an Adams High School student athlete responsibly performed a health screening with a temperature check, even though the student was asymptomatic at the time. The parent then took the student to a health facility to test for COVID-19. The preliminary test indicated positive results, which have since been confirmed by the Oakland County Health Division,” the email read.

Shaner said the student’s parent immediately contacted other families whose students may have come in contact with the youth. He said the district is also following up with personal phone calls and letters to ensure all families are notified of the situation.

District officials said all AHS athletic workouts have been canceled until further notice so the county can conduct contact tracing and the exposed facilities can be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Shaner said the district will notify families when athletic practices can resume.

Although the district’s school buildings have remained closed to the public, district officials said the stadium area and outside restrooms may have been used and will be closed and receive enhanced cleaning with the Clorox 360 electrostatic sprayer following district protocols.

Free testing is available through the Health Department, and Shaner said people do not need to have symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. To schedule a same-day appointment, contact the nurse on call at (800) 848-5533 or email noc@oakgov.com. People age 18 or older will be tested at the Health Department’s north campus, 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac. Those younger than 18 years of age will be tested through Honor Community Health.

On July 8, Shaner sent an email to district families to alert them that a staffer had tested positive.

“We just received notice that a member of the Adams High School football coaching staff exhibited symptoms related to COVID-19 and subsequently tested positive for the virus during preliminary testing at an urgent care facility,” the email reads.

The following day, Shaner notified families that a second test had confirmed the positive results.

District officials said Adams High School football team members and coaches who were participating in voluntary conditioning may have been exposed.

As of July 9, Shaner said, the Oakland County Health Division had conducted a case investigation and indicated that “it is not necessary for families to self-quarantine away from others at this time.”

He said all affected areas — including the press box, restrooms and concession stands — are being thoroughly cleaned with a disinfectant following district protocol and then are sanitized using the Clorox 360® electrostatic sprayer.

The Adams High School voluntary athletic practices resumed Monday, July 13.

“As always, if an individual develops symptoms of respiratory illness or is concerned about their well-being, they are encouraged to call their health care provider immediately,” Shaner said in the email.

Testing is available, free of charge, through the Health Department, and Shaner said individuals do not need to have symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested. To schedule a same-day appointment, contact the nurse on call at (800) 848-5533 or email noc@oakgov.com. People age 18 or older will be tested at the Health Department’s north campus, 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac. Those younger than 18 years of age will be tested through Honor Community Health.

“In addition to working with the OCHD and our school nurse, we will continue to follow the state requirements for schools and the Michigan High School Athletic Association guidelines to help mitigate the spread of CODIV-19 and keep our community safe,” Shaner said in the email.

Those with questions or concerns are asked to contact Adams High School Principal Pasquale Cusumano at (248) 726-5201 or Adams Athletic Director Jason Rapp at (248) 726-5208, or to use the Talk to Us feature on the district’s website, www.rochester.k12.mi.us.

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