SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — A South Bay high school had to put its football games on pause due to positive COVID-19 cases in the program.
Bellarmine College Preparatory, an all-male, Jesuit preparatory school in San Jose, canceled its JV and Varsity football games scheduled Friday at St. Francis.
Six hours before kickoff, the high school rivalry teams announced the cancelation.
According to St. Francis High School’s tweet, there have been cases in the Bellarmine JV and Varsity programs.
Bellarmine sent out a tweet about the cancellation saying:
“Unfortunately, due to COVID protocols set in place, tonight’s JV and Varsity football games at St. Francis will have to be cancelled.”
Health experts say it is not uncommon for high school games to be canceled due to COVID cases.
“Inevitably once you get a bunch of kids this age together there’s going to be some COVID risk,” Dr. Nirav Pandya, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at UCSF, said.
Dr. Pandya adds it takes one positive case.
“That’s where the difficult thing comes in bringing back high school sports is that we know the transmission rates are actually pretty low but most of the transmission rates occur mostly outside. It occurs when you’re with your family, with your friends so playing football then to come home, and then say look you’re going to be quarantined for 14 days and your family members will have to do that as well too,” Pandya said.
Dr. Pandya expects the situation to improve in the fall when more people get vaccinated.
“A lot of people hear about these cases and they suddenly get very worried and I think we’re definitely in a much better position than before but it’s still out there so I think that’s where it’s important to do those basic things like wear a mask, fully distanced when you’re not at the field or practicing,” Pandya said.
Both schools could not be reached for comment but have been posted updates on Twitter.
The Varsity football game has been postponed to the weekend of April 23 at St. Francis.