Cases of the COVID-19 variant in Carver County are part of a “rapidly growing” epidemic and are linked to school and sporting events, suggesting that activities be suspended for two weeks, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Since January 28, at least 68 cases of COVID-19 have been linked to school sports, club sports and gymnasiums. From From February 24 to March 4, there was a 62% increase in COVID-19 cases in Carver County, according to the MDH.
At least 24 of these cases are confirmed as variant B117, which originated in the UK, in athletes, students, coaches and family contacts. Eighteen of the 68 cases are awaiting genome sequencing results but are linked to the variant. Another 26 of these 68 cases “have links to confirmed B117 cases,” the MDH said.
Beginning Monday, March 8, public health officials are recommending a two-week break to all club and school sports in Carver County.
“Multiple schools, both public and private, have confirmed cases linked to cases of variant strain. Many of the people with the B117 COVID-19 variant attended school or sporting activities while they were infectious, “the statement read.
Carver County schools should maintain hybrid learning and consider discontinuing some after-school activities that cannot accommodate physical distances, according to the MDH.
Carver County gyms, fitness centers and swimming pools should put the group on hold …