The high school football season is entering its first week of conference play, and one of the state’s top health officials is stressing safety as teams keep playing.
Dr. Joel Tumlison, a physician specialist with the Arkansas Department of Health, said that he’s been pleased with how football programs have adapted to coronavirus protocols for the 2020 season.
“I think the schools have done a pretty good job in general,” Tumlison said. “We want to try to keep the spread down.”
However, there have been several bumps in the road this week.
As of Thursday, 15 conference matchups scheduled for tonight were affected by covid-19, including Conway at Little Rock Southwest, Little Rock Parkview at Greenwood, Jonesboro at El Dorado, Texarkana at Magnolia and Arkadelphia at Nashville.
Overall, there have been 34 known games affected by the virus this season, including 19 during the first four weeks from Aug. 27-Sept.