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Duluth high schools prepare for potential shutdown of activities

DULUTH, MN-- Duluth School officials are warning students and parents that activities at the district's high schools may need to be halted.

In a release from the district Thursday, officials said the decision could come due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Duluth community.

After school activities, athletics, and the fine arts could all be on the chopping block, according to the district.

The recommendation could come from the Minnesota Department of Health, St. Louis County if the bi-weekly case rate for the schools reaches 30 or higher for 3-weeks in a row.

The last reported bi-weekly case rate showed Duluth at 33.37. Officials said if the rate is above 30 again on Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 steps may be taken to shut down high school activities.

To restart activities, case rates would need to be below 30 for three weeks in a row and show a downward trend in community spread.

At that time the district re-start plan would be implemented in coordination with the Minnesota State High School League.

In order to continue to provide athletics and activities to students, officials said its important to keep COVID-19 levels down in the community.

The district is urging students and families to follow all COVID-19 protocols on and off the field.

This includes masking up, social distancing, avoiding crowds, frequent hand washing, and staying home when sick.

Jessie Slater

Evening Anchor and Reporter

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