The Washington State Department of Health, in collaboration with several local public health jurisdictions, is investigating multiple outbreaks of COVID-19 connected to several high school wrestling tournaments that took place on Dec. 4.
The number of cases linked to the events is estimated to be between 80 and 90, but as this investigation is ongoing, the total may change.
The impacted wrestling tournaments all happened on Dec. 4, 2021 and include:
– John Birbeck Invitational in Lacey, WA
– Ed Arima Duals in Sumner, WA
– Lady Jags Kickoff Tournament in Puyallup, WA
– Yelm Girls Varsity in Yelm, WA
Counties that had high schools in attendance include Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Skagit, Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston, Whatcom, and Yakima. A high school in Oregon also sent participants.
Over the coming days, local health jurisdictions will likely send out notifications to the impacted schools with further guidance for next steps. DOH recommends that anyone who attended these events as a participant, coach, official, support staff, or spectator should monitor for symptoms and get tested for COVID-19. Further, anyone with symptoms or who tests positive should stay home from work, school, childcare or social activities.
A team of DOH epidemiologists, in collaboration with local health jurisdiction epidemiologists, is working on gathering more information about these events and the corresponding COVID-19 cases.
“This is a dynamic situation and evolving investigation,” said the Department of Health in a written statement. ”We will share updates as we learn more.”