BEAUMONT, Texas — Deweyville and Kountze are the latest Southeast Texas school to shutdown their voluntary summer workouts, though neither district is reporting a positive COVID-19 test.
Yesterday Deweyville Athletic Director / Head Football Coach Brandon Prouse announced on social media that strength and conditioning workouts would be cancelled until further notice due to a student athlete possibly being exposed to the corona virus.
Later in the evening Prouse announced the test came back negative, but to keep safety precautions in order they would keep the athletic facility closed for the rest of the week.
Then this afternoon Kountze football made a similar announcement on Twitter. The account stated that it was brought to their attention that an athlete may have been exposed to someone who may have COVID. No athlete has tested positive.
The Lions plan to resume workouts until July 14.
Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.
But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.
The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.
Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...
- The air by coughing or sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
Help stop the spread of coronavirus
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Eat and sleep separately from your family members
- Use different utensils and dishes
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
- If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash
Lower your risk
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.