The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announced today that a tournament worker at the state 3A/4A basketball tournament has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the WIAA, their staff was informed on Fri., March 13 that a tournament worker at the 3A, 4A State Basketball Championships in Tacoma has tested positive for COVID-19. The WIAA has been in contact with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) and, because the individual became symptomatic after the tournament, the situation has been deemed by health officials to be a low risk for those involved with the event. Because the individual first showed symptoms on March 9, it has been deemed by health officials that the earliest the individual may have been contagious was Sat., March 7.
In an abundance of caution, the TPCHD has recommended the WIAA notify those people that may have been in close contact with the individual to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 over the course of the next eight days and WIAA staff has been in communication with those relevant groups. To date, the WIAA has not been notified of any other individuals involved in the tournament showing symptoms of the virus.
The WIAA says that they had been working closely with the State Department of Health both prior to and during the State Basketball Championships and will continue to seek guidance from health experts regarding upcoming spring events.