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COVID Outbreak at Loudoun Co. School Linked to Cheerleading Competition: Report

At least a dozen students who attend Independence High School in Loudoun County, Va., tested positive for the coronavirus after many students returned from a club cheerleading contest in Richmond.

Officials with the Loudoun County Public Schools said close contacts were quarantined and children who test positive are recovering from home, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported.

Club sports aren’t school-sanctioned events.

Dr. David Goodfriend, the county health director, said the risk for getting the coronavirus increases for young people and parents participating in club sports who don’t adhere to social distancing and mask-wearing protocols while traveling.

“When you carpool, you’re not following six-foot distancing,” Goodfriend said, WRC reported. “You’re having people outside your ‘bubble’ with you, for extended periods of time.”

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