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Clay High School football, volleyball teams in COVID-19 quarantine, game canceled

The district said that Clay's scheduled Friday night football game at Palatka is now canceled. The quarantine applies to both varsity and junior varsity teams.
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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — Clay High School's football and volleyball teams are now in quarantine because of a COVID-19 exposure, the Clay County School District announced Wednesday, the county's first football cancellation related to the novel coronavirus.

The district said that Clay's scheduled Friday night football game at Palatka is now canceled. The quarantine applies to both varsity and junior varsity teams.

"The Florida Department of Health - Clay County has recommended the quarantine of all individuals on the Clay High Varsity and JV Football Teams and the Clay High Varsity and JV Volleyball Teams due to the potential exposure to positive COVID-19 cases," the district said in a statement Wednesday. "Out of an abundance of caution for student athletes’ health and safety, the District is following the Florida Department of Health - Clay County’s recommendation."

The district did not specify the number of Clay students involved or any further details on their status. It also did not specify whether students or coaches themselves tested positive for COVID-19, or were simply exposed to others who did.

All Clay practices and games for football are now canceled until Oct. 1, while volleyball will be unable to return until Oct. 8.

Clay football had begun the season 2-0, with victories against University Christian and Orange Park to double last season's win total.

The Blue Devils' volleyball squad was scheduled to play Middleburg Thursday night, followed by the Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Association River City Classic over the weekend and further matches against Bishop Snyder, Oakleaf and Matanzas. 

Another Clay County school, Middleburg, had to reschedule its football game last week after original opponent Hawthorne canceled, which the Gainesville Sun reported was linked to a COVID-19 exposure. Middleburg, however, was not affected and subsequently rescheduled a game against Ridgeview on short notice.

As of Wednesday's pediatric report, the Florida Department of Health has recorded 366 COVID-19 cases among residents younger than 18 in Clay County.

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