The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate football team has been placed under quarantine after one of its varsity players tested positive for COVID-19.
The player reportedly tested positive earlier this week and is believed to have been exposed to the virus Friday, Aug. 28. The Aransas County Independent School District (ACISD) was alerted of the positive test Wednesday, Sept. 2. The ACISD contacted the Aransas Pass Independent School District and alerted them of the positive case due to last week’s varsity football game; the first day in which it is believed the player was exposed to the virus.
It is not believed the RFHS player contracted COVID-19 from an Aransas Pass player.
Due to the positive test, RFHS was forced to reschedule its game against Miller High School to Friday, Sept. 18. Both teams were supposed to play Friday, Sept. 4 at RFHS. Both teams had an open date Sept. 18 so the rescheduling worked out.
However, RFHS was forced to drop its game at Tuloso-Midway (TM) Friday, Sept. 11 due to guidance from the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for varsity players and coaches to self-isolate for 14 days from the first known day of COVID-19 contraction.
This currently puts RFHS at eight regular season games.
TM has since scheduled a game with Falfurrias on the day they were to play RFHS.
The freshman and junior varsity football games scheduled at Miller this past Thursday were also cancelled.
The first day players are allowed to practice again is Monday, Sept. 14.
Players are also not allowed to return to face-to-face learning until Monday, Sept. 14. The ACISD is set to return to in-person instruction Tuesday, Sept. 8.
The ACISD is closely working with the UIL, Texas DSHS, and the Texas Education Agency to ensure proper steps are being taken.
As of press deadline Thursday, Sept. 3, it is believed no other RFHS varsity player or coach was exposed to the virus.