ELK HORN – The Exira-EHK football team has canceled its varsity game this Friday against Woodbine due to COVID-19 exposure.

In a letter to the community, superintendent Trevor Miller stated there were four individuals in the district exposed to COVID-19, the upper-respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. Those individuals have been placed in quarantine for 14 days.

“Our administrative team and nurses have done an amazing job of reaching out to local public health with contact tracing,” Miller and principal Mary Bleth-Harris stated in the letter, “and have notified the individuals we know who have been exposed and are using the 14 days quarantine guidance from Public Health for exposure. We are constantly in communication with public health and are following their guidance.

“As the district continues to work with Public Health, the decision has been made to cancel the football game this Friday, Sept. 18, at Woodbine. This is due to the updated COVID-19 exposure and positive cases,” the letter continued, stressing a continued focus on staff and students health and safety.

The hope is that the Spartans’ football team should be able to return to action on Friday Sept. 25, vs West Harrison. That game is slated to take place in Mondamin with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

“We understand the frustration of the situation, but this decision was not made alone and in partnership with local public health agencies,” Miller stated. “Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during this unprecedented time as we work to keep our students and staff safe. It continues to take a team to make sure we can try to have activities and continue to be on-site for our learning.”

Woodbine, meanwhile, found another opponent for its home game Friday night. They will be taking on Iowa eight-man seventh-ranked Newell-Fonda.

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