COVID-19 quarantines cause cancellation of Middletown-Lakota West football game

Tonight's Middletown High School football game at Lakota West High School has been canceled due to a high number of coronavirus quarantines, say Middletown school officials. The Friday morning cancelation announcement for the game also includes the cancelation of the Saturday junior varsity football game, say officials. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF
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Tonight's Middletown High School football game at Lakota West High School has been canceled due to a high number of coronavirus quarantines, say Middletown school officials. The Friday morning cancelation announcement for the game also includes the cancelation of the Saturday junior varsity football game, say officials. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

The Middletown vs. Lakota West high school football game for tonight has been canceled.

Middletown school officials said coronavirus quarantines are keeping the team from fielding enough players.

Tonight’s game was to be at Great Miami Conference (GMC) rival Lakota West’s stadium in West Chester Twp.

Also canceled, said Middletown Schools Spokeswoman Elizabeth Beadle is Saturday’s junior varsity football game between the two schools.

“Along with our athletic director, coaches, and football parents, it was determined cancelling to be in the best interest of our remaining players. We hope to be back on the field next week,” said Beadle.

Overall, according to the latest coronavirus and quarantine data available, Butler County schools are seeing a recent downward trend of cases.

ExploreSchool COVID-19 cases dropping in Butler County as state average decreases

New COVID-19 cases reported among Butler County students dropped by more than a third this week from the same timeframe three weeks ago, another piece of data showing that the virus situation may have peaked locally.

Schools and districts in Butler County reported 208 new student cases on Thursday in the latest weekly report, which was a drop from 330 in the Sept. 16 report (about 37 percent)

There have been 1,805 student cases and 242 staff cases reported this school year.

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