Two Rutherford County players, one coach diagnosed with COVID-19

Two Rutherford County football players and an assistant coach have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans confirmed Friday.

"Basically, we had two football players, one at Blackman and one at Smyrna, diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus," Evans said. "We notified the parents on those teams. In fact, the coach at Blackman (Kit Hartsfield) called them individually to make sure they had gotten the message.

"We have an assistant coach at Siegel who reported he had been diagnosed but hadn't been around any of the players. With all situations we work with the health department and take action on a case-by-case basis."

Evans said Rutherford County Schools obviously expect more positive tests.

"Not just with the student athletes, but students in general," he said. "As we move on the next few months we expect people to be diagnosed just like they are in the community. We'll continue to work with the health department and take whatever actions are needed."

Rutherford County football teams have gone through conditioning and station-to-station workouts for the past three weeks.

The TSSAA dead period begins Monday and coaches aren't allowed to hold practices. Student-athletes aren't allowed to go on campus, either.

The dead period runs through July 6.

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