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MDH COVID-19 briefing: Fall sports changes, 1st saliva testing site to open, mitigating risk of transmission

MDH COVID-19 briefing: Fall sports changes, 1st saliva testing site to open, mitigating risk of transmission 2020-09-21Leave a comment

MDH COVID-19 briefing: Fall sports activities modifications, 1st saliva testing web site to open, mitigating threat of transmission

MDH additionally talked in regards to the MSHSL’s determination to convey soccer and volleyball seasons again to the autumn.

Malcolm stated there’s all the time a degree of threat with sports activities, significantly these with nearer contact. She famous that the pandemic will decide what course the seasons take however stated it’s going to be essential for everybody concerned to observe state steerage, and he or she added that MDH will proceed to speak with faculties about that. It is also essential to notice that spectators for sporting occasions might be impacted by MDH’s steerage limiting gatherings this season, which means followers might be very restricted at occasions.

From a pure public well being view, Malcolm stated they’d choose to not threat extra transmission by enjoying sporting occasions. Nevertheless, they know the actions are essential to college students and their communities, and most of the actions are outdoors. She stated she hopes folks proceed to observe the danger mitigation tips.

Malcolm additionally stated they cannot forecast the extent of threat down the street, which means they do not know for certain that enjoying in March could be any safer for actions, though they hope it will likely be.

MSHSL approves fall season for football, volleyball

MDH officers additionally talked about Sunday’s knowledge, noting {that a} file variety of new circumstances (1,318) have been reported, which Ehresmann specified weren’t from the state’s backlog. Ehresmann stated it is positively not a file they’re happy with, and urged folks to take heed to native well being officers to restrict the unfold of COVID-19, including that not doing so might result in long-term results for others in the neighborhood and for faculties.

Minnesota’s seven-day common testing positivity charge was at 4.4% as of Monday, down from 4.8% final week, though Malcolm famous that a number of areas of the state are above 5%.

As for faculties, Ehresmann stated 351 faculties have reported having at the very least one case of COVID-19, 81 have had two to 4 circumstances and 7 have had 5 or extra circumstances. She famous, nonetheless, that not all circumstances are transmitted at faculties and lots of are doubtless transmitted outdoors after which introduced in to highschool.

Ehresmann famous that discussions with faculties about educating strategies do not simply contain MDH or the Minnesota Division of Schooling telling districts what to do however contain back-and-forth discussions about every particular scenario and what the most effective plan of action could also be.

UPDATE: CDC states updated guidance on COVID-19 airborne spread ‘posted in error’

In the meantime, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention up to date its steerage Friday to raised acknowledge COVID-19’s airborne unfold. Then, on Monday, the CDC reverted again to its earlier steerage and stated Friday’s replace was posted in error.

Malcolm stated MDH will proceed to have a look at steerage from the CDC however officers will even monitor all different steerage on the market, too. Ehresmann added that new issues are constantly being realized about COVID-19 and that is difficult and irritating for everyone, particularly the general public, however stated MDH will work to steadiness all the obtainable knowledge in creating its steerage.

Huff stated he is aware of it is a aggravating time for everyone, however urged Minnesotans to do not forget that “each individual concerned on this response [to COVID-19] is doing so so we are able to defend the well being and lives of as many Minnesotans as attainable.”

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