|STUDENT-ATHLETES IN ORANGE COUNTIES GIVEN OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY IF TESTED|
In an effort to allow as many athletics programs as possible to be able to participate in competitions, Gov. Justice announced on Monday that he would provide an opportunity for student-athletes in orange counties – Fayette, Kanawha, and Logan counties – to play immediately by being tested.
“We’ve consulted with every health expert we have to try to come up with a plan that gets as many of our student-athletes on the field as possible while also keeping our communities safe,” Gov. Justice said. “So, in those counties, we’re going to offer for our student-athletes and our coaches the opportunity to be tested for free. And, if a full team would test negative, then they could play immediately, right alongside our green and yellow counties.”
The Governor added that the offer was only for the three counties designated as orange in this past Saturday’s map update and would only be available for this week. In addition to all athletics teams and coaches, school-affiliated marching bands and auxiliary groups would also be able to perform immediately by testing negative.
“This is the first week that a lot of these competitions begin, so we just need to make sure we are doing everything in our power to make sure our programs are starting on solid footing,” Gov. Justice said. “Also, by testing in these orange counties, we would be able to make our communities safer because it would give us more information about where this disease is currently located and spreading.”