The University Interscholastic League’s Medical Advisory Committee had one item on the docket for Friday morning: a plan for return to play after a positive COVID-19 test.

The committee unanimously passed the motion that students who test positive for COVID-19 must be cleared by a physician before they can return to UIL activities.

The exact wording of the requirement has not been published by the UIL, nor has guidelines been put in place for a team that has multiple players contracting the virus.

“We’re on unproven waters as it is,” said Dr. Cary Tanamachi, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mesquite orthopedic clinic.

“We’re going to have to see what national standards are handed down, so we can keep in line.

“It is going to be hard to set down guidelines when we really don’t know what is going to happen. There are (many) intricacies that go on with this COVID-19 situation.

“We can already see what’s happening in professional baseball. A lot of it is being shut down. And on the other end basketball seems to be doing fairly good with those enclosed areas.

“Seems like the professional sports seem to be getting back to playing after two (negative) tests.

“There is just no ground at this time.”

The committee specified its directions were targeted at the individual level.

Each school district will still be allowed to handle the situation as it deems fit.

The committee is also following the Centers for Disease Control when it comes to how to handle cases in a student’s home outside of the student testing postive.

“Some of these questions have to be referred back to the CDC,” Hergenroeder said. “I mean, at some point, people have to trust what the CDC is saying is the truth despite its criticisms. The CDC is still the last word and there’s a lot of good scientists at the CDC.”

The UIL has allowed schools to start summer strength and conditioning on June 8 and the governing body urged schools to halt activities from July 3-12 while COVID-19 cases spiked in Texas.

Cross country changed

The UIL announced it was adjusting its 2020 cross country schedule.

Schools in Class 4A through 1A will start competitions on Aug. 17 with 5A and 6A schools starting on Sept. 7.

The district certification deadline for all classifications will be on Oct. 31.

The regional meet will be held on Nov. 9-10.

The state meet will be held on Nov. 23-24.

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