Group told to quarantine after possible COVID-19 exposure at Chiefs game

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The Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department has reached out to 10 people urging them to self-quarantine after they may have been exposed to COVID-19 at the Chiefs’ home opener last week.The department said an individual who attended the game and watched from a group’s box in Arrowhead Stadium last Thursday tested positive for the coronavirus the very next day. The department said 10 others may have been in close contact with that individual and they are urging those individuals to self-quarantine to limit possible spread of the virus. “I want to remind everyone that COVID-19 is anywhere and everywhere. While we’re all tired of it, frustrated and even angry at how it has altered and stricken our lives and livelihoods, we must continue to think of those who have not and will not survive it,” said Dr. Rex Archer, Kansas City health director. “We still don’t understand why it strikes some so viciously while others have only mild symptoms. If you have an existing or prior health condition such as cancer, diabetes, heart or lung disease, or if you’re older than 65, you should not be taking unnecessary risks like being in large crowds. We hope those around you aren’t taking those risks either and possibly bringing the virus home to you.” The team issued a lengthy statement saying the club’s contract tracing mechanisms in place, including parking and ticket scanning data and video records show the fan’s movements within Arrowhead. “This process allowed the team to identify the other guests sitting with this individual, the service staff with whom this individual may have come in contact with, as well as any other ticket holders near this person at the time of entry into the stadium,” the team said.”Within hours of being notified, the Chiefs were able to pinpoint the names of the other members of the party as well as detailed information about the path and location of entry, and this information was provided to the Health Department. The tracing capabilities at the stadium allow the extension of communication to learn more about the guest’s activity the days leading up to and after the game Thursday night.”The team added the individual’s group was seated in the lower level of the stadium, and the stadium’s COVID-19 protocols limited exposure within that area. Any staff members who may have come into contact with that individual were wearing PPE, including a mask. And the attendees were also required to wear masks. “Compliance with the protocols remains a key component to making this plan effective. We appreciate the professionalism and diligence of the Health Department and will continue to support its efforts in this matter and throughout the season,” the team said. Team officials made the decision to reduce stadium capacity to 22% before the start of the season to still allow some fans to attend games while ensuring the ability to social distance to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department has reached out to 10 people urging them to self-quarantine after they may have been exposed to COVID-19 at the Chiefs’ home opener last week.

The department said an individual who attended the game and watched from a group’s box in Arrowhead Stadium last Thursday tested positive for the coronavirus the very next day.

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The department said 10 others may have been in close contact with that individual and they are urging those individuals to self-quarantine to limit possible spread of the virus.

“I want to remind everyone that COVID-19 is anywhere and everywhere. While we’re all tired of it, frustrated and even angry at how it has altered and stricken our lives and livelihoods, we must continue to think of those who have not and will not survive it,” said Dr. Rex Archer, Kansas City health director.

“We still don’t understand why it strikes some so viciously while others have only mild symptoms. If you have an existing or prior health condition such as cancer, diabetes, heart or lung disease, or if you’re older than 65, you should not be taking unnecessary risks like being in large crowds. We hope those around you aren’t taking those risks either and possibly bringing the virus home to you.”

The team issued a lengthy statement saying the club’s contract tracing mechanisms in place, including parking and ticket scanning data and video records show the fan’s movements within Arrowhead.

“This process allowed the team to identify the other guests sitting with this individual, the service staff with whom this individual may have come in contact with, as well as any other ticket holders near this person at the time of entry into the stadium,” the team said.

“Within hours of being notified, the Chiefs were able to pinpoint the names of the other members of the party as well as detailed information about the path and location of entry, and this information was provided to the Health Department. The tracing capabilities at the stadium allow the extension of communication to learn more about the guest’s activity the days leading up to and after the game Thursday night.”

The team added the individual’s group was seated in the lower level of the stadium, and the stadium’s COVID-19 protocols limited exposure within that area. Any staff members who may have come into contact with that individual were wearing PPE, including a mask. And the attendees were also required to wear masks.

“Compliance with the protocols remains a key component to making this plan effective. We appreciate the professionalism and diligence of the Health Department and will continue to support its efforts in this matter and throughout the season,” the team said.

Team officials made the decision to reduce stadium capacity to 22% before the start of the season to still allow some fans to attend games while ensuring the ability to social distance to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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