Geary County Health officials are talking to local organizations such as Brigade and Junior baseball teams about their summer activities, said Health Officer Tammy Von Busch. "They're working on putting together kind of a plan minimizing the potential for exposure and spread and that kind of thing when they start having practices and games. " Von Busch said the officials will prepare their ideas and submit them to the Health Department for review and recommendations on how the potential COVID-19 spread can be minimized in the community.
Von Busch said there will also be a meeting Fair Board and Extension officials today ( Wednesday ) on the same type of topic. "They're going to have to come up with a really strict plan because of the risk of all the kids and everybody that goes to the fair, and the close contact when people are showing animals, showing crafts, food, whatever they bring to the fair. So we're kind of looking at what our options are with that as well.
On what goes into a mitigation plan Von Busch noted such topics as how will social distancing continue to be practiced, wiping down equipment. It's not a good idea to have kids all sharing the same helmets, that kind of things, bats make sure they're wiping everything down. If they're going to use the bleachers or any kind of stands. Are they going to wipe everything down between games, how are they going to minimize a bunch of people clustering in the parking lots or out on the grassy areas around fields so that we don't have a lot of people mixing and increase the potential for spread that way."
No final decisions on the summer events and activities have been made.