Student-athletes positive for COVID-19

Staff Report

MIAMI COUNTY — Several schools in Miami County have now had student athletes test positive for COVID-19.

On Sunday, Tipp City Schools learned one of its student-athletes has tested positive for coronavirus.

The district has not received any reports of other students, coaches, or staff members experiencing illnesses with symptoms resembling those of coronavirus, according to a news release from Liz Robbins, school community relations coordinator.

The district is working closely with Miami County Public Health to identify all students who may have come in contact with their classmate, according to the release. Miami County Public Health will communicate with these families, the release states.

These students will quarantine for 14 days as recommended by the CDC and Miami County Public Health.

“We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide updates as warranted,” the press release said, saying the district will comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) to maintain the privacy of its students and staff.

Last week, Troy High School announced that two student-athletes also had tested positive for COVID-19. All parents of players were notified and members of the team with whom the first player came into contact were quarantined for the appropriate amount of time.

The second player was not in contact with any other members of the volleyball team.

Troy City Schools Director of Communications David Fong said in a release last week that, “We have worked closely with Miami County Public Health to ensure the health and safety of our athletes and staff members.”

Both players have been released from quarantine and currently all players and coaches have been cleared to return to play, Fong said.