Cass Tech football team has 50 players out due to Detroit’s Covid protocols

Detroit Cass Tech parents, soccer players affected by Covid protocols

A lone player reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus last week, forcing the others into a 14-day quarantine to incapacitate them against Renaissance High School last Friday.

Cass Tech parents, students and coaches are frustrated after 50 soccer players were paused due to the city’s Covid protocols.

“For me personally, I’m a senior so not being able to play with my boys is very frustrating,” said Masai Reddick. “It was also the first home game of the season and a night game, knowing that everyone would be there.”

A lone player reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus last week, forcing the others into a 14-day quarantine to incapacitate them against Renaissance High School last Friday.

“We have seniors on the team who need movies, they need footage, they are trying to be seen, they want to go to college and we can’t do that when they are on the sidelines,” Cass Tech parent Kimberly Anderson told esq.

Not to mention outside the classroom.

“I really believe that face-to-face learning is better,” said player Donovan Evans. “And we should play the field today, JV vs. King and that didn’t happen, it was canceled.”

“My child has no symptoms,” said Rana Robinson. “He’s got multiple negative tests and you tell me I can’t take my child to school is very frustrating.”

Speaking of negative tests: The single player is said to have tested positive and caused others to quarantine, later he received three negative test results.

Parents believe the first test was false positive.

“We need to have some way for our boys to be safe,” said Anderson. “But to be able to stay in the field as long as they test negative.”

Only 18 players entered the field against Renaissance last Friday. An exception has been made for these players as they are all vaccinated

“If we did that, it means it’s almost like a vaccination order – because your son can’t play if he’s not vaccinated,” said mother Regina Reddick.

Friday’s game will take place at Cass Tech against East English Village.

this is a home game so this will be our last home game of the season, “said Masai Reddick.

FOX 2: “A homecoming game and there is a possibility that 50 guys will be sitting outside?”

“Yeah, and 90 percent of these guys are seniors too,” he said.

“Our headmaster is behind us, our coach is behind us, as I read, (Supt) Dr Nikolai Vitti is behind us,” said Anderson. “We just have to get the health department to come on deck so our children can compete, and be out here on Friday, and most importantly, be in the classroom as quickly as possible.”

Vitti released a statement from DPSCD saying they are working with the city’s health department to adjust quarantine recommendations.

Denise Fair, Detroit’s chief public health officer, issued a statement.

“The Detroit Department of Health met with officials today to discuss protocols to ensure the safety of all students and staff. We agreed on a process that we are both happy with in terms of quarantine and security measures. We will continue to monitor and make adjustments to the overall rate of infection in the city of Detroit. “

Vitti’s full statement is below:

“Only players who were vaccinated on Friday played on Friday and can still go to school, exercise, and likely play in the next game. As a county, we don’t set the quarantine timeframe, the Detroit Health Department does. Their default is 14 days Quarantine.” for unvaccinated players or students as close contacts to a positive case.

“They found that every positive test should be treated as a positive case, even if later tests were rejected as negative. We believe the Detroit Health Department needs to give the district more flexibility than the Michigan Health Department allows. For example, a close contact can avoid quarantine if they test daily. Or, asymptomatic students (or players) who tested negative should only be quarantined for 3-7 days. 14 days is excessive, especially when we as a district (3 feet) keep social distancing and mask our school, and most importantly, test all staff and students (especially athletes) weekly.

“We’re working with the Detroit Department of Health to adjust quarantine recommendations based on the flexibility the Michigan Department of Health has given school districts across the state.”

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