A team doctor raced onto the court Wednesday evening just before the Utah Jazz were scheduled to play the Oklahoma City Thunder with the news that one or more players were showing signs of the COVID-19 virus.
It was later confirmed that two Jazz players had contracted the virus and it set off a bombshell felt across the sports landscape.
All major league sports in the United States were postponed and the NCAA canceled all winter and spring championships including the 2020 Mens’ and Women’s Division I Basketball Championships.
The ripple effect was felt all the way down at the local level with school districts closing campuses through the majority of the month of March.
Here is a closer look at the area impact:
Lamar Consolidated ISD
Lamar CISD has closed all of the campuses through the week of March 20 and all extracurricular activities and all travel are also canceled during that time period.
The LCISD press release noted that “this decision was made thoughtfully with input from local health authorities and community leaders in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation in Fort Bend County
“During this time period, Lamar CISD will remain in constant communication with local health officials to help ensure the safety and well-being of our students, staff and community.”
LCISD athletic director Nikki Nelson added on Twitter Thursday, “In an effort to support the health of our community, LCISD Athletic activities have been suspended until further notice.”
Fort Bend ISD
It is a similar situation over at Fort Bend ISD. FBISD will close its campuses for at least two weeks with the district saying “due to growing concerns about COVID-19 and to help limit the spread of illness in our community, Fort Bend ISD will suspend classes for at least two weeks effective March 16.
“During this period, FBISD will finalize online learning logistics and training for staff.”
On the sports front, the athletic department said on Twitter, “Following consultation with other area districts, all UIL competitions scheduled between now and March 22 have been canceled. Any additional changes beyond March 22 will be announced as decisions are made.”
The doors will also be closed at Needville ISD schools for at least the next week with the school district announcing Thursday: “Needville ISD will be closed and all extracurricular activities are suspended the week of Mar. 16-20.
“This is a proactive measure to prevent any spread of COVID-19. This decision was made thoughtfully with input from local health authorities and community leaders in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation in Fort Bend County.”
The freeze on school activities comes during the final weeks of the regular season for soccer with district certification deadline set for March 24.
Key contests for Foster, Fulshear and Lamar Consolidated were needed this coming week to help set the standings. The Lady Falcons were slated to host Angleton for the District 24-5A this coming Tuesday.
The soccer playoffs were intended to start on March 26 and there is currently no word on if there will still be an attempt to play these games with the current boys’ basketball tournament delayed.
Track and field has already felt the impact with the annual Texas Relays in Austin canceled. The state track and field championship is set for May 8 and 9 with the first step of district certification set for Apr. 11.
District play for baseball and softball just started for the majority of schools. Softball district certification deadline is April 28 while baseball district certification was set for May 5 with the playoffs starting shortly after for both sports.
Powerlifting was in its final stages of the season with the girls already completing their regional events and the boys slated to do so this weekend. But the regionals and state meets have already been delayed.
The Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association has not made an announcement for the 2020 state water polo championships, where the Foster girls team will be hoping to defend its crown on May 1 and 2 at the Cy-Fair ISD Natatorium. Cy-Fair ISD has closed its campuses until March 22.