On Sept. 24, Groveport Madison Schools officials learned that a staff member associated with the Groveport Madison High School football team was confirmed as having COVID-19.
Due to federal healthcare privacy laws (HIPAA), the district is not permitted to share the name of the individual, other than for completing its required reporting to Franklin County Public Health.
The district immediately notified 110 members of the team and the coaching staff of their potential exposure and recommended they isolate themselves for the next 14 days and closely monitor themselves for any COVID-19 symptoms.
It is believed eight students were in “close contact” (within six feet for more than 15 minutes) of the individual in question, which would require a 14-day quarantine period. As required, the names of those individuals have been provided to Franklin County Public Health for follow-up.
“Without question, the safety of our staff, students, and their families is our foremost concern,” said Groveport Madison Communications Director Jeff Warner. “There is no question that it’s extremely disappointing we will not be able to participate in any group or football activities for the next 14 days. Still, we know no one wants to take additional risks when it comes to this serious disease.”
The district will provide updates when they become available.