BELFAST — Belfast Area High School has canceled its Oct. 8 homecoming varsity and junior varsity football games against Old Town High School because of the high number of student athletes in quarantine due to COVID-19 exposures, Principal Jeff Lovejoy said in an email to The Republican Journal. It also postponed the homecoming dance to a later date.

The possible exposures associated with the football team happened at school, Lovejoy said. The positive cases are not believed to be from school transmission.

Students will be in quarantine until Oct. 16, just before a game with Oceanside Oct. 18, according to Superintendent Mary Alice McLean. This game will be the senior recognition game and homecoming game.

There are now three positive cases at Belfast Area High School and one at Ames Elementary School, McLean said. There are 33 students in quarantine at the high school and 29 students in quarantine at Ames.

Cross country will still meet in Camden Oct. 8. The field hockey team and both girls and boys varsity soccer teams will still compete for homecoming Saturday, Oct. 9, according to Lovejoy.