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Coronavirus outbreak reported after California youth basketball tournament violates health rules



A youth basketball tournament in Rocklin, California, has been identified as the source of a coronavirus outbreak that has infected dozens of people, according to Placer County health officials.

The county claims that the owners of the Courtside Basketball Center have refused to cancel tournaments and games, although “it is advised that such operations are not allowed and with full knowledge that the COVID-19 cases are related to activities at the facility.”

The tournament took place at the center of 1104 Tinker Road in unconnected Rocklin, California, on November 7 and 8.

The county said 30 people from different counties tested positive for the virus after the event.


Courtside director Olajuwon Jones told the San Francisco Chronicle that all the positive cases came from the same team and he believed they were sick before playing in the tournament.

In September, Placery County Public Health Officer Dr. Amy Sison resigned after the County Board of Supervisors unanimously decided to terminate the March 3 COVID-19 Emergency Declaration.

Oldham told KCRA this week that county health officials have contacted the basketball center’s owner several times in the past few months after the facility continued to host tournaments.

“Unfortunately, the owner of Courtside Basketball has not responded to our range for many months,” Oldham said.

Officials urge anyone who visited the court center in November to seek tests and advise those who attended the event on November 7 and 8 to be quarantined.

Find the county’s full health alert here.


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