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Capital City schedules new opponent after game against Battle canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak


Due to a recent COVID-19 positive test and possible exposure two high school football teams are changing their schedule.

The exposure in the Battle High School football program has postponed the game against Capital City this Friday.

According to a tweet from Battle Athletics, the district is working with the health department through appropriate protocols regarding the positive test result and close contact tracing.

"The health and well-being of our players, staff and families are our top priorities," said the tweet from Battle.

Battle Athletic Director, Alex Huck, said under the Columbia Public School COVID-19 protocols, the entire team does not need to quarantine because of mask-wearing and vaccinations.

Michelle Baumstark, spokeswoman for CPS, said, "The district’s revised contact tracing and quarantine protocols take into consideration vaccination status, masking, individuals who have had COVID in the last 3 months and/or contact closer than 36 inches."

Battle played Fort Zumwalt North last Friday. Huck says he has informed the school about the positive case, but they do not believe any of their players were impacted at this time.

According to the Fort Zumwalt North COVID-19 dashboard, the school currently has 10 positive student COVID-19 cases and 71 students in quarantine.

Capital City will still host a football game Friday at Adkins Stadium, just with a new opponent of Agape Boarding School.

A tweet from the football program says, "We send well wishes to Battle HS and looking forward to meeting up again in the future."

Huck said he hopes to reschedule the game conference against Capital City. He said last year the team missed out on a game against Smith-Cotton before they were able to make that game happen later in the season.

Huck said Battle would continue football practice this week with the players that they have available to ensure this week is not lost and will be ready for next week.

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