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Saratoga County ‘high’ risk high school sports allowed when positivity rate below 4%; other option still being discussed

ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTEShenendehowa’s Meghan Huerter makes a shot against Niskayuna’s Olivia Olsen during their high school basketball game at Niskayuna High School on Friday, January 31, 2020.
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Shenendehowa’s Meghan Huerter makes a shot against Niskayuna’s Olivia Olsen during their high school basketball game at Niskayuna High School on Friday, January 31, 2020.

BALLSTON SPA – Saratoga County administrators joined several other greater Capital Region counties Friday in offering guidance that “high” risk high school sports can resume when a seven-day average of the coronavirus positivity rate is below 4%, but also has a plan to get athletes more quickly into game action.

Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett offered a more immediate solution to allow “high” risk sports – boys’ and girls’ basketball, ice hockey and wrestling – to resume full-contact practices based on athlete testing.

“We do that by providing an option, which would be through a college-style testing program,” Barrett said. “It would be an option that the individual school districts would have the ability to enter into, in partnership with the county.”

Saratoga County’s seven-day rolling positivity rate was 5.1% through Thursday as posted on the state’s testing website.

Barrett said the supervisors would be holding a special meeting on Thursday to discuss the program as an option for all Saratoga County school districts.

“Hopefully, the schools are having discussions now, we have our own testing machine, we can do it very inexpensively,” Barrett said. “Because of that, we can run it every day, it’s over at Saratoga Hospital.

“We have an MOU [Memo of Understanding] with them, we’ve had that in place for months. We don’t have to wait for 4%, that’s the whole idea of testing.”

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