Two Jefferson County prep football teams ordered to quarantine over COVID cases


HILLSBORO, Mo. – A pair of Jefferson County high school football teams have been placed on a 14-day quarantine after the health department identified COVID cases associated with a recent game.

Kelley Vollmar, the director of the Jefferson County Health Department, sent quarantine orders Thursday to the superintendents of Herculaneum High School and Jefferson R-VII High School.

The football teams played in Herculaneum on Friday, September 11.

Eight players on the Herculaneum team tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Dunklin R-5 School District. School officials said the students showed mild symptoms.

“That’s not something you put in place and you forget about. It’s something you put in place and then you continue to work on with your admin team, with your staff, with your parents, and our community to try to make sure they understand,” said Superintendent Dr. Clint Freeman, Dunklin R-5 School District. “You know, we’re learning more and more each day about COVID-19 but we want to to make sure that when we bring kids into our building, we are as safe as we can possibly be.”

Out of caution, the district placed all members of the team must go on quarantine until they could be tested.

While reviewing game footage and conducting contact tracing interviews, the health department determined the Jefferson R-VII team should quarantine as well.

As of Thursday afternoon, no one on the Jefferson R-VII team has been identified as a positive case.

“We do not have any of our student-athletes that are showing symptoms of this situation, we were simply exposed through participating against another team and we hate for the Herculaneum school district that their kids got sick, but it happened, so now we will follow the rules as far as the quarantine goes,” said Superintendent Clint Johnson, Jefferson R-VII School District.

As a result of the quarantine, both schools will miss their next two games. There’s no word if Herculaneum or Jefferson High School will be able to make up the missed games.

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