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Wilmington vs. St. Francis DeSales game canceled after Wilmington coach tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 5:16 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 19:42:43-04

WILMINGTON, Ohio — Friday's game between Wilmington and St. Francis DeSales (Columbus) has been canceled after a Wilmington City Schools coach tested positive for COVID-19.

Head Coach Scott Killen announced Thursday that Wilmington will forfeit the playoff game, adding that "no determination has been made" about remaining games.

Thursday night's practice has also been canceled to allow the Clinton County Health District to conduct contact tracing. Killen said he would provide families with an update Friday regarding practice schedules.

"If any athlete or coach was in close contact, you will receive a phone call from the Clinton County Health District. If you do not receive a call from the health department, then you have not been found to be in close contact," Killen wrote.

Wilmington (3-4) just came off a 56-14 playoff win over Marietta on Oct. 9. St. Francis, now with a playoff win by forfeiture, recently bested Bishop Hartley 16-14 in their last conference game on Oct. 2.

"This truly is heartbreaking for me to send this out and I want you all to know how proud I am of every one of you," Killen wrote. "As we have said all year, control what we can control. How you respond to an event in your life will determine the outcome."

According to the Ohio Department of Health, no other coronavirus cases have been reported in Wilmington City Schools.