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Placer County issues health alert after basketball tournament outbreak – KCRA Sacramento

Placer County Public Health has issued a health alert after more than two dozen people from two other counties who took part in youth basketball tournaments tested positive for COVID-19. The tournament was held at Courtside Basketball Center on Tinker Road in unincorporated Rocklin on Nov. 7 and 8, according to the health alert. Placer County Public Health says people who were at the center on those days may have been exposed to coronavirus and should quarantine and get tested, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms. Additionally, the county health department is encouraging anyone who attended a tournament at the center in November to get tested. Multiple people who were exposed on Nov. 7 and 8 participated in later tournaments at the facility, according to the health alert. “The public is advised to avoid all participation in indoor activities at Courtside Basketball Center,” the health alert goes on to say.Youth sports competitions are not permitted in California because of the pandemic.”The cases of COVID-19 associated with Courtside Basketball Center are a reminder that contact sports facilitate the spread of coronavirus and illustrate why tournaments are not allowed,” the health alert says. On top of that, Placer and more than two dozen counties slid back into the state’s most restrictive, purple COVID tier on Nov. 16 as the state pulled what Gov. Gavin Newsom called an “emergency brake” to try to stop a surge of COVID-19 cases in California. When a county is in the purple tier, gyms and fitness facilities are only allowed to operate outdoors. Placer County says it issued the health alert because of the “large scale of the apparent outbreak and potential geographic range that make contact tracing difficult.”The county says that the owners of the facility have refused to halt indoor operations and continue to hold tournaments “despite being advised such operations are not allowed and with full knowledge that COVID-19 cases have been associated with activities at the facility.”

Placer County Public Health has issued a health alert after more than two dozen people from two other counties who took part in youth basketball tournaments tested positive for COVID-19.

The tournament was held at Courtside Basketball Center on Tinker Road in unincorporated Rocklin on Nov. 7 and 8, according to the health alert.

Placer County Public Health says people who were at the center on those days may have been exposed to coronavirus and should quarantine and get tested, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.

Additionally, the county health department is encouraging anyone who attended a tournament at the center in November to get tested. Multiple people who were exposed on Nov. 7 and 8 participated in later tournaments at the facility, according to the health alert.

“The public is advised to avoid all participation in indoor activities at Courtside Basketball Center,” the health alert goes on to say.

Youth sports competitions are not permitted in California because of the pandemic.

“The cases of COVID-19 associated with Courtside Basketball Center are a reminder that contact sports facilitate the spread of coronavirus and illustrate why tournaments are not allowed,” the health alert says.

On top of that, Placer and more than two dozen counties slid back into the state’s most restrictive, purple COVID tier on Nov. 16 as the state pulled what Gov. Gavin Newsom called an “emergency brake” to try to stop a surge of COVID-19 cases in California. When a county is in the purple tier, gyms and fitness facilities are only allowed to operate outdoors.

Placer County says it issued the health alert because of the “large scale of the apparent outbreak and potential geographic range that make contact tracing difficult.”

The county says that the owners of the facility have refused to halt indoor operations and continue to hold tournaments “despite being advised such operations are not allowed and with full knowledge that COVID-19 cases have been associated with activities at the facility.”

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