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Chadron's Cal Ripken Tournament had exposure to COVID-19, PPH says

Chadron's Cal Ripken Tournament had exposure to COVID-19, PPH says

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Unified Command confirms the Cal Ripken 11 under State Tournament July 31 – Aug. 2 in Chadron as a community exposure site for COVID-19.

According to a news release from Panhandle Public Health, two residents from Wyoming attended the tournament and have tested positive for the coronavirus.

During the investigation, health officials were not able to determine all close contacts and deemed it a community exposure site. Panhandle Public Health asks that all fans and players self-monitor and be tested if they develop symptoms.

The planning committee for the tournament submitted a solid Event and Gathering Safety Plan, encouraging social distancing, the news release said.

Unified Command urges residents to do their part when attending events to help the coordinators put on safe events.

• Keep 6-feet between groups.

• Wear a mask when you cannot stay 6 feet away from others.

• Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.

• Stay home if you have symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, body chills, headache, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea?

• At-risk? Please use extra caution.

Unified Command, in consultation with medical advisors, has updated their school investigation guidance in a classroom setting for determining close contacts based on the increasing evidence of the effectiveness of cloth face coverings.

When a masked person tests positive and those exposed are wearing masks, the COVID positive will isolate, and the close contacts will self-monitor.

When an unmasked person tests positive and those exposed are wearing masks, the COVID positive will isolate, and the close contacts will quarantine.

When a masked person tests positive and some exposed are not wearing masks, the COVID positive will isolate, and the close contacts with masks on will self-monitor, and the close contacts not wearing masks will quarantine.

When a masked person tests positive and those exposed are not wearing masks, the COVID positive will isolate, and the close contacts will quarantine.

The case investigators will take the specifics of every situation into account during the investigation to make a determination.

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