High School Student-Athletes Caught Using Rubbing Alcohol To Cheat COVID-19 Tests

Nov 13, 2020, 3:51 PM | Updated: Nov 14, 2020, 10:20 am
FILE: Washington County School District office....
FILE: Washington County School District office.

ST. GEORGE, Utah – Officials with the Washington County School District said “a small group of students” were caught attempting to cheat mandatory COVID-19 tests before a high school football playoff game.

Steve Dunham, communications director for the Washington County School District, said the student-athletes used rubbing alcohol in an attempt to clean their nostrils before taking the tests.

“We took appropriate action and appropriate consequences, and I can confirm that the students that admitted to this will not be participating in tonight’s events at all,” Dunham said.

Dunham couldn’t specify which school the students attend, but two Washington County School District schools, Snow Canyon High and Pine View High, played each other in the state 5A football semifinals on Friday.

Pine View won the game 48-7.

Dave Heaton, Utah Public Health Department spokesman, warned against using rubbing alcohol inside the human body.

“Using rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol can actually deactivate the virus on household surfaces, but not a good idea to put inside your body in any way,” Heaton told KSL NewsRadio’s Jeff Caplan. “It’s an irritant to the mucus membranes and would do more harm than good in a situation like this.”

Dunham said the number of student-athletes involved was small, “relative to those that took the test.”

“We’ve put in place a procedure that we feel confident there will be no way students could attempt this in the future,” he added.

State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said Wednesday that 1,400 high school student-athletes and staff had been tested for the virus, and only 53 individuals had positive test results.

As Utah saw record-shattering numbers of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations this week, Dunn emphasized that if Utahns will take the precautions seriously, wear masks and limit social gatherings to a single household in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, that Utah will see an effect in lowering the spread of the virus.

Officials with the Utah Department of Health reported that 84.7% of the state’s ICU beds were full Friday. Utah’s ICU threshold is 85%.

In the 16 hospitals with the capability to provide the best care for patients with COVID-19, the ICU beds were 87% full.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories


Intermountain Medical Center (KSL TV)...
Emily Ashcraft

Pandemic led to increase in rate and severity of depression, Intermountain study says

The COVID-19 pandemic had a large impact on mental health, specifically depression, an Intermountain Health study using research from thousands Utah patients found.
17 days ago
Emily Ashcraft

Masks no longer required at Intermountain Health facilities, 3 years after pandemic started

Intermountain Health announced wearing masks will become optional for visitors and patients beginning March 15, following an anticipated decline in respiratory illnesses.
20 days ago
woman blowing her nose on a couch...
Paul LeBlanc

New assessment on the origins of COVID-19 adds to the confusion

Three years after the start of the pandemic, researchers are beginning to look more into how COVID-19 began and its origins.
25 days ago
Flu COVID test...
Jen Christensen, CNN

FDA authorizes first at-home test for flu, Covid-19

If you've got a fever and a cough, you don't necessarily have to go to the doctor anymore to find out if it's the flu or COVID-19.
27 days ago
Ashley Moser

COVID long-haulers push lawmakers to approve funding for treatment research

The request for $4,000,000 would help U of U Health’s Comprehensive COVID-19 Clinic, which has seen 1,800 long COVID-19 patients since July of 2021.
1 month ago
Katija Stjepovic

Utah arts and cultural jobs are surging after COVID pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic pulled the curtains on most of Utah's arts and cultural jobs, but after nearly three years, they are reemerging. 
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
High School Student-Athletes Caught Using Rubbing Alcohol To Cheat COVID-19 Tests