Quince Orchard high school reports six cases of COVID, several cases among football team


GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WDVM) – Quince Orchard High School is facing a COVID-19 outbreak, a Montgomery County Public Schools official confirms.

An MCPS spokesperson confirmed to WDVM Wednesday that “a lot of those” cases are from the football team. MCPS also confirmed that the Quince Orchard football program is on a temporary pause.

Quince Orchard notified parents of the outbreak in an e-mail sent on Tuesday, writing that six individuals who were last at the school on Monday tested positive for COVID. Following county health guidelines, the school notified individuals who were known to have direct contact with those who tested positive and advised them to quarantine.

According to the Montgomery County 2021-22 reopening guide, “unvaccinated MCPS students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days. Students and staff who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their final dose) are exempt from quarantine unless they develop COVID-19 symptoms, it is recommended that they get tested.”

MCPS tells WDVM that while the team is on pause, health officials are figuring out which individuals are vaccinated and which aren’t. Those who are fully vaccinated will be able to return to in-person activities before the 10-day quarantine is up.

The first day of the 2021-22 MCPS school year is Monday, August 30, Quince Orchard football’s first game is at home on Friday, September 3. Both of those dates would be after a 10-day quarantine.

According to MCPS, football is the only sports team at Quince Orchard affected by the outbreak as of Wednesday afternoon.

Randi Bass contributed to this report.

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