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Student athletes must get weekly COVID tests; more fans will be allowed in stadiums


New state health orders will soon allow more people to attend live sports events, and will require teen-aged athletes to be tested weekly for COVID-19.

The new rules were announced by the state’s chief medical executive and Governor Gretchen Whitmer. That’s despite an uptick in COVID infections in Michigan as well as positivity rates. Much of that is related to teen sports meets.                

“This uptick in our numbers is something that’s very serious, and we all have to take this seriously. We are so close.”

       A state health department official said there will be more guidance soon on the order that requires athletes aged 13 to 19 to get tested each week. That’s in order participate in school and club sports games and practices.

       Outdoor sports stadiums will also soon be allowed to seat up to 20 percent of their capacity.