Health Department Worried About Sports Related COVID Spread

Health Department Worried About Sports Related COVID Spread Click to Enlarge Photo: Unsplash

(KNSI) - The Minnesota Department of Health says they are concerned about the growing number of COVID-19 cases linked to sports. The MDH says over 34-hundred cases of COVID-19 have been related to prep sports, with over 900 of them linked to the athletes.

On Monday, the state of Minnesota announced that over 34-hundred cases of COVID-19 had been directly connected to sports, with over 900 of them linked to high school and middle school athletes. State Infectious Disease Epidemiologist Kris Ehresmann breaks those numbers down.

"We've had 3,410 cases associated with sports. And focusing on the high school athlete age, 593 cases. If you take that down to the middle school, we add 309 cases."

Ehresmann added that the numbers from just the last week alone are worrisome.

"We have added two confirmed outbreaks in high school, one in volleyball and one in soccer. And we have 8 suspected outbreaks that we're looking into, one in elementary age, four in high school, one at a college or university level, and two adult club sports."

School-aged children between the ages of five and 19 account for over 15,000 of the state's positive coronavirus cases.

Recently, the Tech High School football varsity and junior varsity teams were asked to quarantine after a game due to possible COVID exposure.

Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm added that it's not just the games themselves that are causing the outbreaks, but also all the other activities that accompany them. She did not specify what those activities are.