Alabama high school football team, band under quarantine

The entire football team and marching band at an Alabama high school are under quarantine following potential exposure to the new coronavirus

Oneonta High School coach Phil Phillips told WBMA-TV that a fifth player has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s the second quarantine of the summer for the team.

Band director David Bearden said one of 135 students tested positive in his group, so a quarantine was needed.

“For me personally, I know that this is a big thing and it’s hurt a lot of people, but for me personally, I’m looking forward to a time when we can all get back together, the students back together and based on what I’ve seen from my students, they are needing that,” Bearden said.

The town of 6,600 people is located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of Birmingham. The football team is set to resume practice on Aug. 18, just three days before its first game, and Phillips said a delay would be good since it will be tough to get players ready so quickly.

“I was hoping for more time, and I really think we’d gain so much and lose nothing," he said.

Schools around the state are resuming classes with a variety of plans ranging from virtual teaching to traditional classrooms and a mix of the two.


The name of the television station Phillips spoke to has been corrected to WBMA-TV.