Hope fades for fall high school sports as health wisdom prevails over COVID-19 skeptics

Last month, I was certain high school sports would play out in California this fall, even if in an abbreviated form.

I wasn’t naive. I was hopeful, as were the sea of coaches, administrators, parents and student-athletes I regularly spoke to.

I was encouraged because flattening the coronavirus curve meant to shutter schools, to social distance, to mask up, to wash hands vigorously as if was performing surgery. Everyone doing their part.

I was optimistic because sports, the band, theater arts — anything extracurricular — are a vital part of a campus and a community, especially football, the identifying action

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Alberta father-of-two dies after ‘non-essential’ heart surgery postponed due to COVID-19

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Jerry "Ched" Dunham died after plans to receive a pacemaker were postponed due to COVID-19.
Jerry “Ched” Dunham died after plans to receive a pacemaker were postponed due to COVID-19.

Jerry Dunham’s Facebook profile serves as a window into the frustration that plagued the final months of his life. 

In April, the 47-year-old Redcliff, Alta. native was informed that his plans to receive a pacemaker was being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic — as were all other “non-essential” surgeries in the province.

For Dunham, the news was a devastating blow. The appointment with his doctor had been six

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