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New COVID-19 health order requires youth sports testing, boosts stadium capacity

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 19, 2021

With a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases over the past four weeks, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced a requirement for weekly coronavirus testing prior to youth sports practices and competition.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the measure was in response to rising high school athletics outbreaks. The testing requirements impact athletes ages 13-19.

The March 19, 2021 Gatherings and Face Mask Order also expands outdoor stadiums and arenas, with fixed seating, to a 20 percent capacity provided they follow established infection control plans.

The order is effective March 22 through April 19, 2021.

The new order also allows unmasked residential gatherings where all participants are fully vaccinated and no one has coronavirus symptoms. Gov. Whitmer said this change follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Case positivity for the state increased to 6.2 percent since mid-February, a 177 percent spike, with the largest increase in new COVID-19 cases among youth ages 10-19.

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