L.A. has 5 Current Covid-19 Outbreaks at Schools — All Associated with Youth Sports

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Tom Tapp on April 19, 2021.

Schools reopening across Los Angeles County are showing excellent compliance with Covid-19 protocols, said the county’s public health director on Monday. She affirmed that campuses are safe for kids, but youth sports are more of a challenge, and stricter rules for participants could be implemented.

The director, Barbara Ferrer, said the five current Covid-19 outbreaks involving schools — three in Santa Clarita and one each in Redondo Beach and Agoura Hills — “all are associated with participation in youth sports, not with attending instruction at school.”

“We know that masking and distancing can be a challenge in some sports, and that socializing during these activities off school campus could also be a factor in virus transmission among these groups,” she said. “We’re looking hard at the current guidance for youth sports and may be making additional recommendations later this week to mitigate the increases we’re seeing in transmission among youth sport participants.” …

Deadline Hollywood 4/19

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