Trying Times



Last week was like a scene out of a movie.

The NBA planned to play games with no fans in attendance due to Coronavirus fears on Wednesday, only to postpone the season just hours later when Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus minutes before tipoff against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Over the next 24 hours, the metric ton of dominoes began falling. The MLB delayed the start of the 2020 season, the NHL postponed the season and the NCAA, who made a formal announcement barring fans from games at the men’s and women’s basketball tournament, cancelled the entire spring sports season.

The sports world was brought to its knees.

As I was heading to New Orleans on Friday for my best friend’s bachelor party, I got the news that the University Interscholastic League had postponed the spring sports nearly 24 hours after suspending the boy’s state basketball tournament.

I filed the initial story online from the hotel lobby and that’s when I was able to start to see the full scale of the effect of this outbreak.

However, like most mid-20-year-old men, we still went out and had our fun.

But I knew there were likely precautionary steps that would need to be taken once we made that choice. That is the case now as I write this column from my house, away from anyone just as an extreme course of caution.

As I was leaving the Big Easy on Sunday, I talked to our Publisher, Noel Wilkerson-Holmes. She and I both agreed that there is no way to know whether or not I came into contact with an infected person. It just made sense to keep my coworkers safe while I monitor my situation.

I don’t have symptoms and likely wouldn’t know if I have symptoms until sometime later this week. Better safe than sorry, right?

As I talked to area coaches on the phone on Friday afternoon, we all agreed that there is no such thing as being too cautious during this unprecedented time.

I will continue to do my job and monitor the situation around me to keep everyone informed with what is going on. Take the precautions you can, stay calm and we’ll all get through this.

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