Call it the biggest hit of the year in California high school sports.
The California Department of Public Health released its weekly coronavirus report on Tuesday, and counties where the adjusted daily case rate had reached 14.0 or less per 100,000 are allowed to allow outdoor sports to begin on Friday in the state youth sports update released last week.
Counties reaching the threshold in Southern California include Los Angeles (12.3), Orange (11.9), and San Luis Obispo (9.4). Counties not meeting the threshold are Ventura (16.9), San Bernardino (15.2), Riverside (16.6) and Santa Barbara (16.9). Last week Los Angeles was 20.0 and Orange County was 20.7, so the improvement has been rapid and gives hope to other counties. The next chance to hit the threshold is Tuesday, March 2.
It is now up to schools, districts and counties to decide which sports to allow. For football and water polo, weekly athlete and coach testing is required, with results available within 24 hours of play in a game.
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