CG Union @ Salpointe Catholic FB 10/2/20

Casa Grande Union players tackle a Salpointe Catholic player Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Tucson.

CASA GRANDE — A Salpointe Catholic football player has tested positive for COVID-19 following the team’s game Friday against Casa Grande Union.

CG Union athletic director Randy Robbins received a call Monday from the Salpointe Catholic athletic director to inform him that a Lancer had tested positive.

Robbins told PinalCentral that CG Union head coach Jake Barro reached out to the Salpointe Catholic football coach for more details.

“The Salpointe coach told him that it was a kid who played on the special teams and basically ran down on a couple kickoff returns and wasn’t really involved and didn’t play in the game at all as far as offense and defense, ” Robbins said. “He was a special teams kid, so there really wasn’t much interaction with our kids.”

While in Tucson on Friday, the Cougars were outside on the football field and over in the surrounding fields warming up before the game and during halftime.

“We never went into the locker room, we never used their facility,” Robbins said. “We were always outside, so our exposure was very, very limited.”

Robbins informed Casa Grande Union High School District Superintendent Steve Bebee, who then talked to Pinal County health officials.

“They didn’t recommend us quarantine or anything,” Robbins said of the county health officials. “They just said to let our parents know about the situation at Salpointe, we did that.”

CG Union is not requiring its athletes to get tested, but did email parents information about locations that offer COVID-19 testing.

Robbins added that the Cougars are still moving forward with their scheduled game against Lake Havasu City on Thursday.

“We’re going to play,” he said. “It was limited exposure. Coach Barro, he checks out kids every day and we do the temperature checks and ask the questions, so he does that every day. We’re going to monitor our kids and if anything changes, we’ll adjust accordingly, but as of right now we’re going to play.”

As of Tuesday morning, Robbins said that he had not reached out to anyone at Lake Havasu but he did plan on reaching out to the athletic director.

The Arizona Daily Star reported Tuesday Salpointe has been placed in a two-week quarantine and its game against Sierra Vista Buena, originally scheduled for Friday, has been rescheduled for Oct. 23. The team’s Oct. 16 game against Phoenix Pinnacle may have to be canceled because of Pinnacle’s full schedule, athletic director Phil Gruensfelder told the newspaper.

The two-week quarantine follows Pima County recommendations and comes after Salpointe officials spoke with Dr. Theresa Cullen, Pima County’s health director, the Star said.


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