MDH warning of COVID-19 outbreak associated with youth wrestling tournament

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Updated: April 12, 2021 04:41 PM
Created: April 12, 2021 04:34 PM

The Minnesota Department of Health is alerting schools across the state to watch for potential COVID-19 cases, and to double down on masking, social distancing and other prevention measures after identifying an outbreak associated with a Minnesota youth wrestling tournament held in South Dakota.

In a news release, MDH said they have linked 16 confirmed cases to people who attended the Northland Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) 2021 State Wrestling Tournament at the PREMIER Center Complex in Sioux Falls from Wednesday, March 31, to Saturday, April 3.

The event was for Minnesota youth club wrestling teams and included approximately 2,000 wrestlers in addition to spectators, MDH says.

MDH learned that 64 teams from at least 52 Minnesota counties participated in the tournament, including the Northland counties of Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, and Crow Wing.

MDH also says nine counties have confirmed cases associated with the event, with Cass County being the only Northland county.

Eight schools have also confirmed cases associated with the event, including six public schools and two non-public schools, but MDH didn't specify which schools. 

Health officials are asking anyone who attended the tournament to get tested immediately for COVID-19 and to watch for symptoms.

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