SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Two more high school football games have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns have officially been called.
The East-Lone Peak game and the American Fork-West High game have been ruled no contests and will not be rescheduled.
The cancellation comes after a player from East High tested positive for the virus, according to a Salt Lake City School District spokesperson.
There was also a COVID issue on the West High football team, forcing the cancellation of its game against the Cavemen, which was scheduled to take place at West High School.
August 13’s season-opening tilt between Highland and Bountiful was also canceled after a Highland player tested positive for the virus on the morning of the game.
The leadership at the Utah High School Activities Association is putting control of mitigating any COVID-19 related situations in the hands of the school boards. Should any future cancelations be deemed necessary, the game will be called a no-contest.
“The UHSAA governing boards are encouraging local schools and local school districts to work with their local health departments in making decisions regarding COVID-19 in their local school communities,” the association’s Assistant Director Jon Oglesby remarked in a statement to ABC4.com.
The Salt Lake City School District released the following statement on the cancellation,
“This Friday’s football game between East High School and Lone Peak High School has been canceled. A player on the East High team has tested positive for COVID-19, and we are strictly following all health department guidelines. Unfortunately, we will not have players cleared in time for the scheduled game.
Understandably, the East High players and coaching staff are disappointed at missing this game, but the health and well-being of our students and the students at Lone Peak is our top priority.“