High school football players in Jefferson County test positive for COVID-19

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By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

HERCULANEUM, Mo (KMOX) — Football activities have essentially been shut down at a high school just outside of St. Louis County as multiple players have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the school district. 

An announcement from the superintendent of Dunklin R-5 School District on Wednesday states "several" Herculaneum High School players tested positive. They were at school on Tuesday and played in last Friday's game against Jefferson R-VII High School, stated a letter from superintendent Clint Freeman.

The players who tested positive were also in school on Tuesday and the district says anyone who may have come in contact with them has been notified. 

All varsity and junior varsity football players were told to stay away from school for 14 days.

The school did not say exactly how many players tested positive.

Dunklin R-5 School District Football COVID Announcment by EntercomSTL on Scribd

Football games and competitions for many other sports in St. Louis County have been temporarily banned under new youth sports guidelines announced last week by County Executive Dr. Sam Page. 

The number of new coronavirus cases remains high in Missouri, but Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday cited the state’s declining death rate as evidence that progress is being made.

Parson, speaking at a news conference, noted that in the early days of the pandemic in April and May, more than 7% of all cases were fatal. That percentage has gradually dropped and so far this month, just 0.3% of Missourians infected with the COVID-19 virus have died.

St. Louis County has had more cases and deaths than any other Missouri jurisdiction, and Page, a Democrat, has initiated stricter guidelines for dealing with the coronavirus than those required statewide.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 
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