WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The rest of the season is over for Dowling’s baseball and softball teams after a positive COVID-19 test was reported for a coach in the program.
Dowling’s Athletics Director Tom Wilson confirmed to WHO 13 Sports’ Mark Freund that a member of the coaching staff tested positive for the virus. The test initially came back negative, but Wednesday morning Wilson received word that the test was actually positive.
Wilson released this statement about both the baseball and softball programs:
“An individual in close contact with the varsity baseball team has tested positive for COVID-19. We are following Polk County Health protocols and are suspending play for all levels of Dowling Catholic baseball and softball effective immediately. Due to the given timeframe, this makes it necessary for us to end the season. We are working closely with public health officials as we continue to monitor the situation.”Tom Wilson, Dowling Catholic Athletics Director
The baseball team, which is ranked #1, split a double-header Tuesday night against Ankeny after being given the go-ahead to play because of the coach’s initial negative result from the COVID-19 test.
The coach’s testing was not done through TestIowa.com, but instead a private medical provider.
Both the softball and baseball teams had been scheduled to play at West Des Moines Valley Wednesday night.