NJ High School Athlete Speaks Out About Having Coronavirus

Red Bank Regional’s Liva Helt made headlines when the Division I soccer talent played football as a kicker for the Bucs football team last year. Now, the Columbia University commit very well could be the first high school athlete to test positive for the Coronavirus. Jersey Sports Zone talks with Liva about how she’s dealing with being an early example in this worldwide pandemic


The Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is now in the thoughts of everyone around the world but that wasn’t the case just a couple of weeks ago. On March 9, 27-year old Little Silver native Emil Helt tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a BioGen Conference in Boston.  Shortly after, Emil’s 17-year old sister, Liva, a senior at Red Bank Regional tested positive as well. RBR would shut its doors and shift to virtual learning days before the rest of the state followed suit. 

 Liva is a Division I athlete who is set to play Ivy League soccer at Columbia University and made headlines last year when she was the junior varsity kicker for the Bucs football team. She returned to the soccer pitch for the RBR girls soccer team scoring ten goals and helping the team reach the second round of the state playoffs.  Helt took time to talk to Jersey Sports Zone’s Rich Chrampanis updating her condition and delivers a powerful message on how to deal with this worldwide crisis:

In case you missed it, JSZ’s Jay Cook profiled Liva’s time as a junior varsity football kicker with the RBR Bucs:

A special thanks to Ryser’s Landscape Supply in Little Silver for supporting JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Regional all year long