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COVID-19 outbreak traced to sporting events in southern Minnesota

The outbreak has been traced back to events that took place in late July.

Numerous gatherings to play football and basketball in southeast Minnesota have been cited by Winona County Health and Human Services as sources of COVID-19 outbreaks. 

The health department said the outbreaks were traced to events in Lewiston and Winona between Sunday, July 26 and Thursday, July 30. Anyone who attended any of the following events is asked to go in for a COVID-19 test and to quarantine for 14 days, even if the test comes back negative. 

July 26: unorganized basketball game at Crossings Center (170 S Fremont St.) in Lewiston

July 27: morning football camp and evening basketball camp at Lewiston-Altura High School

July 28: morning football camp and evening basketball camp at Lewiston-Altura High School

July 29: 7-on-7 football at Paul Giel Field in Winona

July 29: Lewiston Farmer's Market

July 30: evening basketball camp at Lewiston-Altura High School

July 30: unorganized basketball game at Crossings Center (170 S Fremont St.) in Lewiston

The health department says "there is a potentially lower risk of transmission" at the Lewiston Farmer's Market, and that the gatherings listed above included individuals who "were in their infectious period and may have been contagious but were not yet symptomatic." 

The ages and number of people infected is unclear. As of Thursday's COVID-19 stats from the Minnesota Department of Health, there had been 254 cases and 16 deaths in Winona County, including two new cases reported Thursday. 

The outbreaks traced back to sporting events comes just days after the Minnesota State High School League voted to move the fall football and volleyball seasons to the winter/spring period from mid-March to mid-May. 

According to the Minnesota Department of Health's youth sports COVID-19 guidance, there should not be more than 25 players/coaches involved in any indoor or outdoor non-game activities (training, practicing). 

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