The Iowa High School Athletic Association has released a statement regarding the coronavirus, saying they are actively monitoring the situation in the United States and here in Iowa. The situation is rapidly evolving, and they are relying on the most current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to direct their decisions and actions.
At this time, IDPH is not recommending the cancellation of events or extracurricular activities. The IHSAA is also in consistent communication with the management of the Iowa Events Center regarding our state basketball tournament. They statement says “Together, we will remain responsive to the recommendations and requirements from the CDC and IDPH.
“The Iowa Events Center staff has the safety and well-being of the tournament’s guests, workers, and student-athletes as its top priority. Following CDC recommendations, their staff is focused on the disinfection of high-touch surfaces and have filled hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the facility.
“We advise guests and teams to follow standard health precautions, such as consistent hand-washing, avoiding close contact with those who are sick and covering coughs and sneezes. We strongly encourage individuals who are sick to stay home.
“Additionally, the IHSAA will continue monitor ways in which spring activities may be affected over the coming months. We are actively planning for these impacts and will share more information as it becomes available”.
The 2020 IHSAA State Basketball Tournament is runs through Friday evening.