Cub athlete positive for COVID-19

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Clifton ISD student reported positive for coronavirus, second in less than two weeks

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  • A Clifton coach talks to his defensive backs during football practice last week at CISD field.
    A Clifton coach talks to his defensive backs during football practice last week at CISD field.
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A Clifton athlete that attended football camp last week has has tested positive for coronavirus.

It’s the second week in a row a student at Clifton ISD has contracted COVID-19 after a band student that was band marching camp was reported positive last week.

But the Cubs will continue to hold football practices.

“Based on the timeline, the most recent state guidance, as well as guidance from our attorney, the determination has been made that the student was most likely not infectious while at practice,” said a statement from Clifton ISD posted late Wednesday.

“Also, based on a conversation with the student, they were not in close contact with any students or staff while at practice. Therefore, we have been advised that practices may continue.”

The student has not returned to district property since testing positive and last had contact on campus with students and staff on Friday, August 7.

Clifton cautions that any person who attended football practices last week should monitor their health for signs of coronavirus symptoms, follow the CDC guidelines for people who had “close contact” with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and contact their primary care physician if they develop symptoms.

For CISD defines close contact as: a. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or b. being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes. Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset.

CISD also stated that staff will be taking steps to sanitize any school facilities where the individual student recently accessed, will continue to monitor this situation and will provide additional information as needed.