Tragedy has struck the California University of Pennsylvania football family. This week, it was announced that defensive lineman Jamain Stephens has passed away at age 20 due to complications from COVID-19.
“Jamain went to his eternal reward after suffering from complications of COVID-19,” Stephens’ high school Central Catholic said in a statement.
“Known more commonly by his nickname, ‘Juice,’ Jamain was a defensive lineman for the Vikings, winning two WPIAL championships and a state championship in 2015. Jamain went on to continue his football career at California University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Business Administration.”
Stephens played for the Cal Vulcans for the past three seasons. This year, the Vulcans were forced to cancel the football season due to the coronavirus pandemic. He played in 32 games during his career.
Athletic Director Dr. Karen Hjerpe added: “Jamain was such a wonderful student with a smile on his face every time you saw him. His personality was contagious and he made such a positive impact on everyone he met.”
Members of the Counseling Center are available to provide support to Cal U students, according to a release.
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The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 5.72 million confirmed cases and 177,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.