Minnesota health department seeks 'pause' on prep winter sports, guidance forthcoming
Gov. Tim Walz said he will provide "clarified guidance'' by mid-week in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases associated with school-level sports
November 17, 2020
State health officials are urging a pause on high school winter sports and Gov. Tim Walz said Monday that new guidance will be coming from the state “in the next day or so.’’
At least 10% of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota schools have been associated with sports, said Kris Ehresmann, infectious disease director for the Minnesota Department of Health. Two schools that recently shifted to distance learning did so because of COVID exposure in sports, she said.
State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said cases associated with sports have been growing. Walz also noted a connection with interstate play in youth sports.