Meade-Annapolis game moved to next week
Teams take cautious approach after health concerns with Mustangs and reschedule matchup for Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The county’s athletics protocol says any athlete who is sent to a physician needs a note before he can return to practice. members of our football team have suffered Because of the timing and the fact that what I would describe as normal cuts and some parents might not be able to get their scrapes or field burn,” Yore wrote in the children to a physician right away, the Because of potential health concerns letter. “Such instances are not uncommon decision was made Wednesday morning to involving members of the Meade football with athletes, but some of these instances move the game because some players could team, Friday’s scheduled game has been have not healed as quickly as normal.” miss practice time leading up to Friday’s moved to next week. Two Meade football parents told coaches game.
The Mustangs and Panthers, originally their children had tested positive for staph “I want to be clear that we are in the scheduled to open their season Friday night infections, according to the letter. Yore process of determining if there is any at Annapolis, will now play Tuesday at made it clear in the letter there were no significant spread of any illness or in4 p.m. The move is a precautionary measconfirmed positive lab-cultured cases of fection,” Yore said. “The steps we are ure with the holiday weekend the deciding any illnesses. taking are precautionary in nature and are factor in playing the game Tuesday as There was no indication that MRSA was being done in conjunction with the opposed to Saturday. involved. Department of Health to help prevent any
Annapolis also has moved its Week 2 Additional nurses from the county Deoutbreak.” game with Southern to Sept. 10. The partment of Health were sent to Meade to Additionally, Meade is using cleaners in Meade-Chesapeake game will also be examine members of the football team. accordance with recommendations from moved to a date to be announced. Parents of any players who had an open the Department of Health to thoroughly
In a letter sent home to all Meade wound who were treated by a nurse at the cleanse all areas affected by football team use.studentsTuesday,principalJohnYoreschoolwerecontactedandaskedtopick outlined the reasons behind the change. their children up at the school and were Yore concluded the letter by encouraging
“Over the last couple of weeks, several advised to have their children seen by a parents to examine their children and determine whether they have any unexplained rashes or open wounds. The Department of Health recommends any open wound be seen by a family physician.
“We proceeded like it was staph, just because we had the reports from the parents of positive tests,” said Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. “We wanted to make sure we were very precautionary.”
A staph infection occurs when the staph bacteria enters the skin, usually through cuts, scrapes or other breaks in the skin (such as through tattoos and body piercings). Infections might be in the form of folliculitis (infection around hair follicles), boils, impetigo or abscesses. Skin infections can be red, hot, swollen and tender, and have pus or other drainage, according to the Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s website.
Spread of staph infections has occurred through skin-to-skin contact when playing sports, such as football or wrestling, or from surfaces in gyms and locker rooms.