Bucks Health Director Supports High School Fall Sports As COVID-19 Rates Drop

The Neshaminy Redskins at 2018 training camp. Photo by Ben Medland, Evan Easterling.

The rate of new coronavirus cases in Bucks County continues to drop and it’s giving local health officials a positive outlook on high school fall sports.

Bucks saw 21 new cases per day Friday through Monday for the lowest rate since before July 4th.

Municipalities in Central and Upper Bucks are reporting less than 10 active cases each, with some at zero. Meantime, most townships in Lower Bucks have between 11 and 50 active cases, though this is still relatively low.

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Bucks County Director of Health Dr. David Damsker speaks at a coronavirus press conference.

Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker came out supporting the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s decision this past week to allow high school fall sports.

“Given the improving COVID situation in Bucks County, the PIAA’s recent determination to allow athletics on a local basis makes for a good fit here,” Damsker said. “All of our districts have worked extremely hard to make a safe environment for their athletes, and we fully support any decision for the continued pursuit of student athletics.”

The PIAA and Wolf Administration butted heads this month. Governor Tom Wolf had recommended no high school or youth sports until 2021.

Now, it is up to local school boards to decide whether to allow fall sports. The Pennsbury School District will be voting at its next meeting on September 18 about whether to allow sports. The decision could allow low risk sports like golf or include all sports including football.

Meantime, the Suburban One League will be meeting Friday. The SOL includes most school districts in Bucks and Montgomery counties. It will “hold a meeting Friday in which each school will announce whether it plans to proceed with fall sports,” according to the county.