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5 Farmington student-athletes, 1 coach test positive for COVID-19, sports suspended

Although the contact occurred off-campus, the school has suspended all sports activities in the affected facilities. It did not release which facilities though.

FARMINGTON, Arkansas —

There are now five student-athletes and one coach at Farmington High School who have tested positive for COVID-19.

As of Wednesday (July 22) afternoon, the Farmington School District received notification of one additional confirmed positive case of COVID-19 concerning a high school student-athlete.  

This brings the school's total to five high school student-athletes and one coach that have a confirmed positive test.  

For the privacy of students and staff, and by law, the Farmington School District cannot share personal information.  

The Arkansas Department of Health has been notified and they are contacting anyone else identified as close contact.

Although the cases are confined to two varsity sports, the Farmington School District says it is in the best interest of the safety of students and staff to suspend all athletic activities until August 1, 2020.

This includes all workouts or in-person team gatherings. Athletic facilities will be closed to all groups or activities, with the exception of graduation, and will be sanitized thoroughly during the break.

An infection control and prevention group will also be brought in to make sure the facilities are safe for students and staff to return. 

The two teams affected will be suspended until August 6 to align with Arkansas Department of Health guidelines. Those teams have not been identified at this time.

All teams will be allowed to do any team activity virtually during the break.

It's unknown at this time when those facilities will reopen.

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