During tonight’s meeting the Arcata City Council will discuss potentially sending a letter of concern to Humboldt State University regarding the school’s decision to host San Jose State’s football team.
HSU announced last week plans to host the San Jose team — the Spartans — along with coaches and support staff, totaling about 135 people. The SJSU team are being housed on HSU campus and using Redwood Bowl for practice until Santa Clara County guidelines allow for the team to resume football related activities, HSU said.
The announcement caused some alarm in the community, prompting many questions about the potential risks related to the spread of COVID-19. During her October 1 media availability, Humboldt County Public Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said that Public Health was not a part of the decision-making process, but was reviewing the university’s plan. Frankovich expressed some concern over hosting travelers, but said that HSU would be taking the necessary precautions.
“The people who are arriving from San Jose State, I’m expecting that they will abide by all of the safety precautions that we are asking from all of our residents here,” Frankovich said. “In their plan, they are proposing to test before they come here and to test again shortly after they arrive and I think that will be helpful.”
HSU also released additional information addressing the concerns about COVID-19 protocol, saying that the SJSU team will be tested regularly and has made a commitment to maintaining its protective “bubble.”
“SJSU’s team of approximately 135 players, coaches and staff will stay in HSU residence halls that have previously been unused this semester,” stated the HSU press release. “The halls are separate from anywhere that HSU students are currently living on campus.”
The discussion about HSU hosting the team is the only business item listed on tonight’s Arcata City Council agenda, and no details are offered about it.
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