Banquet

In this photo shared on social media, tables at the Guyer aquatics banquet can be seen on June 17.

A former member of the Guyer High School aquatics program tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the team’s banquet this past week, Denton ISD aquatics director Chris Cullen has confirmed.

The former member was not experiencing symptoms at the time of the banquet, which was held June 17 at Bentley Station in Lake Dallas. Cullen said Monday that the former member began experiencing symptoms on Saturday and was tested later that day.

The positive result came back on Sunday, Cullen said.

“Everyone who attended the banquet has been notified to watch for symptoms and to self-quarantine,” Cullen said.

On Monday afternoon, the Denton Record-Chronicle obtained images from the banquet that showed attendees not wearing masks and seated closer than 6 feet apart.

Cullen said to his knowledge, the venue’s only requirement was not exceeding 75% capacity. He added when the banquet was initially planned, the venue was able to accommodate only 50% capacity.

Guyer Principal Shaun Perry said the Guyer aquatics booster club reached out to him on May 24 about planning a banquet.

Perry said he told the booster club that to host the banquet, it would need to follow current Denton ISD and Denton County guidelines for social distancing. He added that staying 6 feet apart and wearing a mask were recommended at that time.

“I’m absolutely disappointed, just because I know the lengths the district and campus have gone through to ensure [proper guidelines are met],” Perry said.

Perry said the event was funded by the booster club and was not a school or district-regulated event. Attendance was voluntary.

Cullen said the venue did not require attendees to wear masks or sit 6 feet apart, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended distance to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Last Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced students would not be required by the state to wear masks when classes resume this fall.

Last week, Braswell, Denton and Krum each had a member of their athletic programs test positive for COVID-19. Krum subsequently suspended its summer workout program for two weeks through June 30, while Braswell and Denton suspended their athletic activities indefinitely.

Sanger, meanwhile, had a parent of a student-athlete test positive for coronavirus. As a result, the district canceled its summer workouts for two weeks, as well.

As of Monday evening, there have been 2,219 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County. There have been 695 new coronavirus cases in the county since June 8.

REECE WADDELL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @ReeceWaddell15.

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