The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health canceled Friday’s Valencia high school football game following three new cases of COVID-19 reported on campus.
The news comes after the school administration announced earlier this week that 33 cases of COVID-19 had been reported on the Viking campus among students and staff.
“There were three more positive cases in Valencia and so this afternoon the LA County Public Health Department told us, due to several epidemiologically linked COVID-19 cases, that DPH is canceling the game of Friday night football, “said Dave Caldwell, spokesperson. for the William S. Hart Union School District.
Saugus high school, after being 4-0 in the league this year, were due to face Valencia on Friday. Valencia will have to drop the game on the scoreboards, and the Centurions will, in turn, be named the 2021 Foothill League champions, according to Caldwell.
“Valencia have withdrawn from Saugus so Saugus will be 5-0 and unbeaten Foothill League champion,” Caldwell said.
The new cases had been linked to the football team and will also result in the temporary closure of Valencia football facilities. The school’s cheerleading squad accounted for the majority of cases at the start of the week, according to Caldwell.
The match between Hart High School and West Ranch High School which was to be played at the Dr. Paul Priesz Stadium on the Viking campus will now be played at the College of the Canyons.
Caldwell added that the school’s campus will remain open and that in-person classroom learning will continue for the Vikings despite the outbreak.
“DPH’s goal is the safety of our student athletes, coaches and spectators and that is why they are canceling the game,” Caldwell said.