SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Fall sports games and practices have been cancelled for two weeks in Springfield.
The city and school administrators are pausing all games, all practices, and all events after a student-athlete tested positive for coronavirus.
Health officials didn’t identify which sport the student played or what school they attend.
They did say that student who tested positive was asked to quarantine, along with other students identified as close contacts.
This comes as Springfield has been in the ‘red’ on the state’s COVID-19 case tracking map, designating it as a high-risk community.
We spoke with Springfield health officials about the city’s current status and what it would take to lessen the city’s high-risk status.
“To get back to yellow, we would have to have less than eight cases per 100,000 and we are currently not there. We are seeing increases, we are seeing increases in our younger population,” explained Helen Caulton-Harris, Springfield’s Director of Health and Human Services.
Health officials said all Springfield student-athletes will be notified about the health and safety measures being taken to stop the spread of COVID-19.
This all comes as the college athletic recruitment process begins for this academic year.
Western Mass News spoke with one athletic director at a local college about how the shortened and constantly changing high school athletic process is affecting their recruitment.
“I think coaches at the collegiate level are trying to find different ways to recruit. Whether it’s having you know film sent to them or just trying to talk to the student and the family," said American International College's interim athletics director Jess Chapin. "Hopefully, attending a camp, a clinic, or again, just a designated tryout for them on campus in the spring, so the coach can get a better idea of what progress they’ve made over the last year."
Western Mass News reached out to Springfield School officials for more information about if the canceled games for these two weeks will be rescheduled.
City health officials said Springfield's Cyr Arena is closed for two to three weeks for a deep clean.
Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.