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Mater Dei HS Reverses Course on COVID-19 Positive Students

After previously warning parents of a possible coronavirus exposure within the high school community, Mater Dei is now saying the two student-athletes in question "were actually negative on their COVID tests," calling on practice to resume as of Wednesday.

Posted: Aug 12, 2020 9:41 AM
Updated: Aug 12, 2020 4:43 PM

We are learning developing information surrounding Mater Dei High School, in an email released Sunday by school officials, they stated that two student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19.

According to parents of football players, the entire football team was supposed to go under mandatory quarantine until August 20.

In a copy of an email obtained by 44News, a Mater Dei football coach sent an email to parents stating that there was a mixup with information and that the players actually tested negative for COVID-19. That email is attached to this story.

In the original email sent out Sunday, school staff originally told parents that the players were asymptomatic.

Sources tell 44News that those players are remaining home from school, adding that the two are still under quarantine. Other players who were around the student-athletes were given the all-clear to return to class Wednesday.

According to that email, practice will resume at the high school Wednesday evening, August 12. The email goes on to ask parents to please remain quiet, adding not to discuss the matter publicly.

The Diocese of Evansville Catholic Education Office later released the following statement:

"The Diocese of Evansville Catholic Education Office learned that COVID19 tests performed the weekend of Aug. 8-9 on two students from one of the diocese’s 26 Catholic schools actually were negative – not positive as previously reported. As a result, school officials contacted those identified as close contacts and invited them to return to classes."

44News has talked to a number of upset parents who are demanding answers from the Diocese of Evansville.

The Diocese says a third student has tested positive at the high school and remains under quarantine.

A staff member at an undisclosed Evansville Diocese school also has tested positive for the virus.

44News will continue to follow the story and bring you the developments as they come into our Newsroom.

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