BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Athletic practices for all fall sports at Ridge High School have been suspended after a Ridge student athlete tested positive this week for COVID-19.

According to an announcement sent to district parents on Wednesday, no practices or other school-related activities will take place until further notice.

The announcement states, “We have been advised by the Bernards Township Health Department that a student athlete of Ridge High School has a laboratory confirmed case of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The district is coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community."

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Earlier this summer, the NJSIAA, the ruling body for high school sports in the state, postponed the start of the regular fall season until the end of September, with the first football games not scheduled until Friday, Oct. 2.

Ridge is scheduled to host Bridgewater-Raritan in football on that first Friday, which would mark new head coach Andy West’s debut.

The outdoor fall sports – football, cross country, field hockey, girls tennis and soccer – will begin practice on September 14.  Girls tennis will begin competition on September 28. Cross country, field hockey and soccer will begin competition on October 1

The Bernards School District did not disclose which sport the athlete in question plays, nor whether the student is male or female.