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Will The Raleigh Girls Soccer Tournament Create A New Covid-19 Cluster?

Despite the spike in positive Covid-19 cases across North Carolina, 10,000 people attended the Raleigh girls soccer tournament this month. Will the event become a Covid-19 cluster?

How the soccer tournament could potentially create a Covid-19 cluster

The soccer tournament had many elements that could have created a Covid-19 cluster – in other words, a gathering where a significant number of people contract the virus in a single place.

  • There were over 300 teams present, many from out of town (participants from over 20 states were in attendance)
  • Spectators were restricted to certain areas, where social distancing was encouraged but not mandated
  • 10,000 people were present – a number which fits into the CDC’s Highest Risk category for events and gatherings
  • The event was held despite the North Carolina secretary of health and human services denouncing the event, citing the state’s guidance discouraging such gatherings for public safety

The organizers of the tournament did take some safety precautions for players and parents alike, including:

  • Requiring both players and attendees to wear masks at all times
  • Making hand sanitizing stations available at the event
  • Posting health and safety signage around the park

Despite these measures, there is always a danger of contracting – or passing on – the virus when gathering in large groups.

When to get Covid-19 testing

If you attended the tournament, you and your family should get tested to make sure you didn’t bring anything home – whether or not you show symptoms. Some people with Covid-19 are asymptomatic and can unintentionally spread the virus.

How do you know if it’s the flu or Covid-19?

Even though the flu and Covid-19 are from different families, both viruses have similar symptoms. If you have flu-like symptoms, how do you know which one you have?

The only way to know which virus you have is to get a Covid-19 test. You can do this at one of the many Raleigh-area testing centers, or you can get an in-home test with Drip Hydration.

Convenient In-Home Covid-19 Testing With Drip Hydration

If you attended the soccer tournament and want to make sure you and your family did not bring Covid-19 home with you, Drip Hydration brings testing to your home. One of our registered nurses will come to you and administer tests to you and your family. Results are available in as little as 15 -30 minutes, depending on the type of test you choose, for fast answers and peace of mind.