No. 1 113 TSSAA high school football games have been canceled or forfeited by the end of Week 7. Student-athletes who are taking classes virtually in Warren County are using an abundance of caution not to test positive or be in contact with anyone who does.
No. 2 The NFL has presently rescheduled 12 games because of COVID-19. The Titans have had 22 positive tests. According to Peter King of NBC Sports, the team has not had a regular practice in 17 days, although the Titans were allowed to have abbreviated practices Saturday and Sunday.
No. 3 Vanderbilt has postponed Saturday’s game with Missouri because of COVID-19. The SEC has required a minimum of 53 scholarship athletes for participation. Vandy is presently below the 53-player threshold because of six players opting out and because of the players in quarantine due to positive tests and those being in close contact.
No. 4 The NBA conducted games and playoffs in a bubble. The league dealt with COVID-19 remarkably well. The NFL is also going to extraordinary lengths to test and trace players, coaches, and staff. Of course there is money to help make all that happen. According to Peter King, one prime-time NFL game is allegedly worth $60 million to the NFL.
No. 5 Schools in Tennessee have different COVID-19 protocols. Schools are shut down and cleaned in Hamilton County when someone in the school tests positive. The NFL is doing something very similar. The NFL will close and clean facilities when players or staff test positive.
No. 6 Blackman is a football team that directly impacted a region game in Warren County’s region because of COVID-19. Blackman was in quarantine and could not play Oakland. According to the TSSAA COVID-19 policy, Oakland is given the region win by forfeit, and Blackman does not have to count the game as a loss.
No. 7 TSSAA regulations are based on the CDC’s latest isolation/ quarantine measures approved by the Tennessee Department of Health for the management of COVID-19 in schools. These are some excerpts of those regulations:
Any student or staff who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, must isolate at home for a period of 10 days from the onset of symptoms (or from the date tested if asymptomatic) AND must be fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications) AND have improvement in symptoms for at least 24 hours.
Any student or staff who has been in close contact (within six feet for 15 minutes or longer) of a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 must quarantine at home for a period of 14 days from their last exposure to that individual.