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High School Football In Colorado A No-Go This Fall

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Michael de Yoanna
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KUNC
Cherry Creek and Grandview high school football teams facing off in November 2019 at the Stutler Bowl in Aurora.

Hours after Gov. Jared Polis said he had discussions with high school sports officials about bringing back fall football, the board of directors that governs prep sports decided to keep the schedule as is.

The governor announced Tuesday that if the Colorado High School Activities Association released a proposal for a fall football season, he would be “thrilled to work with them to make that happen for the districts that are ready to go."

But the CHSAA Board of Directors voted unanimously late Tuesday night not to allow football this fall, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported.

“Our administration was looking forward to allowing more student-athletes to begin their season this fall, but if the CHSAA board unanimously agrees that they should delay their season until the spring in an effort to ensure that they are better prepared to protect the safety of student-athletes, then our administration fully respects that decision,” Polis said.

High school football in the state was postponed to spring on Aug. 4 as a precaution due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There have been 59,920 confirmed cases as of Thursday, according to the state Department of Public Health & Environment. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

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