PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A COVID-19 outbreak within the Lake Oswego School District has forced officials to cancel several upcoming sporting events at Lake Oswego High School.
The district said a social gathering outside of LOHS on February 25 was what led to the outbreak, according to a letter sent to parents Wednesday.
District officials listed five sports as being affected:
- LO Football (All levels) — practices and games canceled this week
- LO Baseball (All levels) — practices canceled this week
- LO Boys Basketball (All levels) — practices canceled this week
- LO Boys Soccer (All levels) — practices and games canceled this week
- LO Girls Lacrosse (All levels) — practices canceled this week
LOHS was slated to have its first football game on Friday.
Jennifer Stewart said news of her on Austin’s very first football game being cancelled was “pretty devastating for me.” Austin is a freshman at LOHS and has been working hard to prepare for the season during non-contact practices which started in August.
Austin said he was thrilled when Oregon gave the green light two weeks ago for high school contact sports to resume. The Lakers could finally suit up and take to the field, with the first games in a five-game season scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday against Tigard.
Jennifer said her son has sacrificed a lot to play football and their family has taken precautions against COVID.
“A lot of the guys I know, we’re all pretty careful about it and especially once we heard we had a season,” Austin said.
Jennifer said she hopes the setback will be a teaching moment for all students.
“So for some teenagers to have a social gathering inside, knowing the consequences — you know, it wasn’t a surprise that if you go out, that there’s a chance of getting COVID and being an athlete that puts the whole team at risk,” she said.
Lake Oswego officials said the outbreak was unrelated to school. The district has launched a contract tracing effort to contain the spread of the virus.
As for the possibility of the games being rescheduled, the Oregon School Activities Association said it’s up to the coaches. The athletic director at LOHS told KOIN 6 News no decisions have yet been made.