Throughout the Spring and Summer there was some concern that football games and the crowds that come to them could be a spreading point for Covid. So much of a concern in fact, that a number of states aren't planning to play this Fall. However, many states sought a path to play football safely, and where it was safe allowed fans to attend.
The question was, would high school football games lead to spikes and spread of Covid.
1,000 plus games now in the books and the news is good. To our knowledge, there have been no reported cases of significant community spread following a high school football game.
High schools in the state of Utah have been playing for 4+ weeks now. Alabama, Indiana, Tennessee and Alaska have all been playing for 3+ weeks. A significant number of states have now been playing for 2+ weeks.
Data shows there has not been a significant spike in COVID cases in any of the states that have been playing football for the last 2-4 weeks.
Late last week Michigan reversed field, and now plans to play this Fall. In fact, first practices are happening right now.
Today, Colorado's Governor came out in support of doing the same thing.
Hopefully, with data continuing to support the safe return to play more athletes will have the opportunity to play the game they love this year.
Data from each state is below:
States that began high school games on August 13:
States that began high school games on August 20th:
States that began high school games on August 27th:
States that began high school games on August 28th: