St. Louis County health officials defend sports ban


ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County health officials say a ban on some high school sports will continue until the number of coronavirus cases is reduced and they can recommend a return to in-person school.

The county’s ban on some high school sports, particularly football, has prompted protests and an unsuccessful effort to take away pandemic-related power from County Executive Sam Page and the health department.

The department says in a news release Friday that it has documented five clusters of transmissions directly linked to sports practices or games.

Officials say decreasing chances for young people to spread the virus is a priority because such cases put in-person education at risk.

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