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How is coronavirus affecting high school sports in Washington? Gov. Inslee closes schools through April 24 (latest updates)


Editor's note: This post will be updated with the latest information on the impact of coronavirus on high school athletics in Washington. Last updated at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 20.

As the Washington high school sports calendar turns from winter to spring, school districts and event organizers around the state are taking various measures, including postponement and cancellations of sports and activities, to slow the spread of coronavirus.

On Friday, Washington state governor Jay Inslee expanded a mandated ban on 250-person gatherings and the closure of all K-12 schools across the entire state of Washington through April 24 at the earliest.

That means at least until then, no organized high school sports.

The directive came two days after Inslee ordered the same in the greater Seattle area — King, Pierce and Snohomish counties — which has become ground zero for the spread of the virus, which the World Health Organization labeled a global pandemic.


The WIAA's role in all of this is limited. The association only oversees championship events, as it was structured to cede control to schools, leagues and the WIAA's nine districts.

"Regarding regular season contests and practices, those decisions are at the discretion of each school and school district," WIAA Sports and Activities Information Director Casey Johnson said Thursday in an email.

But that hasn't mattered since Gov. Inslee stepped in and closed all schools.

Here are the latest developments on how the coronavirus is affecting high school sports in Washington:

Gov. Inslee closes K-12 schools across Washington through late April.

Inslee announced the closure of all K-12 schools across the state, after marking the shutdown of schools and their sports and activities as a result.

The closures marked a sweeping statewide decision two days after the same directives were given to the greater Seattle area — King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties — which followed Seattle Public Schools' announcement of the closure of all schools for two weeks.

READ MORE HERE (via The Seattle Times)

WIAA announced positive COVID-19 cases associated with Tacoma, Yakima state basketball championships

The WIAA announced at least one attendee at both the 1A/2A state basketball tournament in Yakima and the 3A/4A tournament in Tacoma have since tested positive for COVID-19.

The Tacoma case, the infected individual was classified as a "tournament worker" who displayed symptoms after the tournament was over, and health officials deemed them a "low risk for those involved with the event."