The Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced Sunday that it is monitoring the state’s coronavirus issue but has no plans to alter the schedules for the upcoming state basketball tournaments at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
The Mingua Beef Jerky/KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 is set to tip off today (Wednesday) and run through Sunday. The Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 is scheduled for March 18-22.
“We are keenly aware of the recently declared emergency status and the primary purpose for which those declarations were made, to enable and expedite federal assistance with state and local efforts,” KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett said in a news release. “We will review any new developments and listen to medical experts as they advise not only the KHSAA but our commonwealth and country on alternative next steps.
“We will work with our member schools and our host facilities to take every precaution to ensure a healthy and safe environment for everyone involved.”
Tackett called the past four days “particularly intense and nearly 24/7 for myself as commissioner as well as others in communication with our office, with a continual review of information and advisories.”
“We continue to work closely with the staff at Lexington Center and are 100% certain that all necessary steps are being taken to control what we and the facility can control,” Tackett said.
The KHSAA offered three tips for Sweet 16 fans:
1. Hand-washing should be emphasized.
2. Individuals who are sick should not plan on attending.
3. Those with particularly vulnerable health conditions, especially the elderly, should be encouraged to thoroughly evaluate their decisions to attend.
Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update Sunday, saying a total of four cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been confirmed in Kentucky, two in Harrison County and one each in Jefferson and Fayette counties.