While the pandemic might be “over” according to government officials, COVID-19 doesn’t really care about that. The virus has continued mutating and has caused some fresh outbreaks.
Because of those outbreaks, several high school football games have been canceled for the upcoming weekend.
Santa Paula High School, which is located outside Los Angeles, was supposed to play La Cañada High School on Friday. However, the school is dealing with over 20 positive COVID cases within the football and cheerleading teams. Due to that, the game has been canceled.
Per the Ventura County Star, 17 of Santa Paula’s 46 football players tested positive and the school was unable to find suitable replacements for the game.
Meanwhile, in the Bay Area, Esparto High School canceled its upcoming game against Amador High School because it no longer has enough eligible players who are healthy enough to play. Per KCRA, Esparto expects to be able to play next week against Winter High School.
These were not the first California high school football games to be canceled this season. A Sept. 1 game between Nordhoff High and Agoura had to be canceled due to the amount of positive COVID-19 cases.
Public health officials have alerted schools to encourage students to be current on vaccines and for those with COVID-19 symptoms to isolate themselves.