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Wrestling event tied to Covid-19

Participants from Carlton County are included in a warning about an outbreak of Covid-19 cases associated with a Minnesota youth wrestling tournament held in South Dakota in late March and early April. The Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education have alerted schools around the state to watch for potential cases and to double down on masking, social distancing and other prevention measures. Health officials are also asking anyone who attended the tournament to get tested immediately for Covid-19 and to watch for symptoms.

The Northland Youth Wrestling Association wrestling tournament was held in Sioux Falls March 31-April 3. The event was for Minnesota youth club wrestling teams and included about 2,000 wrestlers in addition to spectators. MDH is now monitoring a growing Covid-19 outbreak among people who attended the tournament. As of this week, MDH had linked 16 confirmed cases to the event.

Nine counties have confirmed cases associated with the event: Cass, Le Sueur, Lyon, Morrison, Murray, Rice, Todd, Wright and Yellow Medicine. Alerts were sent to Carlton County as 64 teams from at least 52 Minnesota counties participated.