‘Iolani football coach tests positive for COVID-19, team conditioning suspended 14 days


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HONOLULU (KHON2) — ‘Iolani school announced on Thursday that an unnamed part-time football coach has tested positive for COVID-19.

Raider football players recently returned to campus for scheduled conditioning according to the school after strict guidelines and safety measures were put into place.

“The outdoor training sessions required students and coaches to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) and the athletes were organized in small group cohorts while being physically distanced,” part of the statement provided by the school reads.

“In speaking with medical experts at the testing center, they believe the risk of exposure was low due to the precautions taken at the sessions. However, out of caution, the school has notified everyone involved and arranged for testing. Conditioning has been suspended for 14 days. ‘Iolani is also advising those involved to self-isolate during that time.”

Last week, the Hawaii Department of Education tentatively marked Aug. 19 as the first day that its schools could begin high school sports practices and workouts. But because ‘Iolani is a private school, it is not a DOE school.

UPDATE: On Friday, ‘Iolani School told KHON2 that “‘Iolani School, along with the other schools in the ILH, received approval for practices from the ILH.  HHSAA has no jurisdiction over ILH programs during the summer “yellow” period when school is not in session.”

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