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Upcoming games of varsity DeKalb, Angola football canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - According to high school officials, upcoming Varsity football games for DeKalb High School have been canceled due to the COVID-19 concerns.

In an initial tweet from that account, officials said the decision was made based on guidelines from the county health department.

It did not provide details on the circumstances that prompted the move.

The team that faced DeKalb last Friday will also not play for two weeks -- presumably because of the close contact players may have had with those on the DeKalb squad.

Angola High School officials said they will skip their next two football games on the recommendation of the Steuben County Health Department.

DeKalb was scheduled to play Garrett on Friday, and New Haven in week three of the young season.

A spokesperson for the DeKalb County Health Department told Fort Wayne's NBC News that the decision was made by the DeKalb County Central Unified School District and that health officials did not issue an order to cancel.

Superintendent Steve Teder was not immediately available for comment.

According to Superintendent Brent Wilson of the Metropolitan School District of Steuben County, Angola High School received word from Dekalb High School that a football player on the team tested positive for the virus.

Through contact tracing, Wilson says it has been determined that most of the football players were in direct contact with the affected player at the previous game.

Wilson goes on to say that out of an abundance of caution, Angola's varsity football team consisting of 47 athletes who played in the game last Friday will be quarantined at home for 14 days.

On Wednesday the health department reported three new cases of COVID-19 in DeKalb County residents, bringing the total number this year to 304.

This report has been updated to note that Angola has a bye week on the schedule for the first week of September and will therefore miss only one game.

Emilia Miles

Emilia Miles joined Fort Wayne’s NBC in September 2019 as a Social Media and Digital Content Manager. Emilia also serves as a producer. She’s a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Indiana University.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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