COVID-19 outbreak among high school football players leads to uncertainty in Minnesota town
The Lewiston-Altura high school principal says the cases leave the status of fall sports and back to school plans in jeopardy.
In a rare public health alert issued on Friday, Winona County Health and Human Services warned of its first documented COVID-19 outbreak, not in the town of Lewiston.
According to the alert, if you were in attendance at any of the following events, public health officials ask that you are tested for COVID-19 and recommend that you quarantine for 14 days, even if your test results are negative.
Lewiston-Altura high school principal Dr. Cory Hanson says the outbreak involves at least six high school football players. He says the families of six players notified the school late last week, saying they were all either asymptomatic or mild cases. However, the new outbreak alert is an indication that there have now been more than seven cases tied to the events.
"Most kids are involved in just about everything, so if a kid was at one event they're probably at more than one event," Hanson said. "We get notified of some (cases) and not others. There's nothing in the protocol that requires a parent to notify us."
The district had already canceled remaining football camp and workout activities in August, but with most athletes participating in multiple sports, Hanson says it complicates additional fall sports planning.
"We have cooperatives for cross country and for soccer and for boys and girls and so now you're not just looking at one school district," Hanson said ...
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