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COVID forces rescheduling of tournament game — but quarantine guidelines unclear

MORGANTOWN — Trinity Christian School will face its opponent in the state boys basketball tournament on the road Friday and not at home, due to COVID-19.

Tip-off for the 7 p.m. sectional contest will be at the home court of Berkeley Springs High, in Morgan County.

The game had been set originally for Wednesday in Morgantown – but that changed after a Trinity player tested positive April 12.

“We all agreed to push to Friday at Berkeley,” Trinity school administrator Michelle Stellato said in a text message.

What remains unclear, though, are the quarantine considerations – if any – for both schools.

“Our kids have been out since that Monday,” the administrator wrote, presumably referring to the day of the positive diagnosis and resulting quarantine.

She didn’t immediately return other messages and calls in time for this report.

Public schools in Monongalia County quarantine for 14 days after exposure to the virus. That’s by mandate of the county health department, which also didn’t respond to additional queries.

Morgan County’s school district carries the same quarantine period as Mon’s, Berkeley Springs Principal Mitch Nida said Thursday.

“Yes, we do 14 days over here,” he said.

Following Mon’s pandemic protocol, Trinity, a private institution, would have been nine days into a 14-day quarantine, had the schools met Wednesday in Morgantown.

Add two more to that, for Friday’s game.

Nida said Berkeley Springs High shifted to remote learning for a time last month.

That was after eight students had tested positive, putting an additional 97 into quarantine, he said.

“It was about safety,” he said. “We wanted to do our due diligence.”

He said he talked with Stellato and a representative of the state Secondary Schools Activities Commission about rescheduling the game.

“We were under the impression they were coming off the quarantine and that the SSAC wanted to play,” the principal said.

In the meantime, COVID is still a presence in Monongalia County’s public school district.

Superintendent Eddie Campbell Jr. said a class at Suncrest Elementary is now quarantining after a student presented with a positive diagnosis.