Derby High School the latest among area football teams not playing Friday due to COVID-19 cases

Sep 18, 2020; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a game between the Derby Panthers and Bishop Carroll...
Sep 18, 2020; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a game between the Derby Panthers and Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles ©KellyRoss(©KellyRoss | Kelly Ross)
Published: Sep. 25, 2020 at 1:19 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Derby High School is suspending all football-related activities following an additional six COVID-19 cases at the school, bringing the total to eight. Derby is far from alone in having to miss at least one game due to the virus.

Derby Public Schools said that the Sedgwick County Health Department recommended this action while contact tracing is done.

Homecoming activities that were scheduled for Friday are canceled and will be rescheduled. On Monday, the district said plans for the varsity team to play Friday night were still on following confirmation of the first two cases. The district said it would update information from the Sedgwick County Health Department, indicating no further spread would allow kickoff to happen.

In working closely with the health department, the school identified the additional cases, leading to the cancelation of Friday’s game. Several other districts in the Wichita area and across Kansas have had to take similar action.

Earlier Friday, Circle and Mulvane learned their varsity football game is canceled. Kapaun announced a positive test Thursday, which canceled Friday’s football game against Great Bend.

Earlier in the week, Campus, Abilene and Chapman joined the list of teams across the state having to miss out on games due to COVID-19.

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