Prep Football

Two QND football players test positive for COVID-19

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 5, 2020 4:00 pm

QUINCY -- Quincy Notre Dame football coach Jack Cornell hadn't planned any full-contact drills for the Raiders upon their return to sports-related activities as they wait for reconditioned helmets to return from a national distributor.

He did want to continue workouts on a larger scale.

Those plans temporarily have been halted.

The QND coaching staff and administration learned Sunday two of its student-athletes -- both football players -- tested positive for COVID-19. After conducting contact tracing, other players were to be tested, and QND and those families await those results.

"We are taking every precaution and following every protocol," Cornell said.

That begins with shutting down all workouts for the foreseeable future.

The Illinois High School Association released Stage 4 return to play guidelines late Friday afternoon, which include allowing teams to gather in groups of 50 coaches and students or less and 20 contact days between now and Aug. 9. Cornell said there will be no team activities until the Raiders can safely proceed.

QND athletic director Bill Connell said the school is working with the Adams County Health Department to ensure the safety of the student-athletes, coaches and staff.

"We are taking this very seriously," Connell said. "We are working with the players and families to know what groups they came in contact with."

For now, the rest of QND's athletic programs plan to continue with workouts, but Connell said the administration will watch and monitor the situation.

"We will adjust to whatever arises," Connell said.

Adams County reported nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the county's total to 122 confirmed cases. There have been 30 positive cases in the past five days.

Overall, 43 of the positive tests have recovered, and four have been hospitalized. There have been 9,085 confirmed negative tests.