ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department has a new guideline for all Muskingum County school district extra curricular activities.
The good news is teams are still allowed to hold in person practice sessions.
But teams are recommended to have any athlete or coach, that has gone on an out-of-state vacation, stay home for two weeks. This is due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. It’s effective immediately.
ZMCHD Medical Director, Jack Butterfield talked about why this guideline was needed, especially with fall sports right around the corner.
“Let’s say a football player comes back and practices, and the next day he is sick and he tests positive. Everybody he exposed is going to have to quarantine and that can basically decimate. Lets talk about Rosecrans, they have 25 maybe players on the team, they don’t have any reserves. So we think it’s a wise thing to do to preserve the actually possibility of actually engaging in the fall sports,” Butterfield said.
Butterfield added, “I think there’s going to be a fall sports season come mid-August. The question is will there still be a fall sports season come October 1st. That’s the question. Look at the pro ranks we have several major league baseball teams with multiple players in quarantine. Clemson University with 37 players and coaches in quarantine. I think we’ll start the season and I think to a large part, it’s up to what we do as a community of athletes and fans to whether or not we complete our fall sports season.”