Nashua-Plainfield football back in action after COVID-19 scare

NASHUA — The Nashua-Plainfield football team will be in action Friday night after more details came out regarding a positive COVID-19 case. The person infected was not a team member and after consulting with officials from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Huskies will return to practice Thursday and will travel to Nora Springs on Friday for the season opener against Central Springs.

“The individual who has tested positive was at the football scrimmage on Friday night and was not ever on school grounds any time after that,” Superintendent Keith Turner write in an update on Wednesday to students, staff and the community. “There has been no contact between this individual and any of our students since that night .

Here is his Wednesday letter:

PREVIOUS REPORT (Wednesday, Aug. 26, 7:30 a.m.)— COVID-19 has shut down the Nashua-Plainfield football program on the eve of its season opener this Friday.

Nashua-Plainfield Superintendent Keith Turner on Tuesday announced a positive case has been confirmed within the program and all football activities have been suspended.

“This means all high school football athletes, managers and coaches need to stay home from school until further notice,” he says in a letter to parents, staff and community members.

Here is the letter:

Chickasaw County is experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases, although it still has a lower cumulative total compared to adjacent counties. As of Tuesday, the county has had 88 cases confirmed since March with 39 new cases so far this month.

No COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Chickasaw County.

Bremer County has had 267 positive cases since March, followed by Floyd County with 188, Winneshiek with 187, Butler with 168, Fayette with 127 and Howard with 109 and Mitchell with 91, as of Tuesday.

Bremer County has had seven COVID-19 deaths, followed by Floyd with three, Butler with two and Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek each with one.

Nashua-Plainfield was scheduled to play Central Springs in Nora Springs on Friday in both teams’ season opener.