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Kuemper baseball has coronavirus case

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The Kuemper Catholic High School baseball team did not practice Thursday after a member of the program tested positive for the new coronavirus.

"Right now, we are still having our baseball season," John Steffes, president of the Kuemper school system, said today.

He declined to say whether the infected person is a coach or player, but he said the person is now self-quarantining. Going forward, "extra cleaning and sanitizing protocols are being done," Steffes said.

Steffes notified Kuemper parents of the infection by email Thursday night.

"Please do not view this note as cause for alarm, but merely our hope to be proactive to communicate with you during these challenging times," he wrote. "We have considerable trust in our local experts to help us respond to this situation that protects our Kuemper family and community to the best of our abilities."

Spring sports were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but summer high school sports were allowed to start this month with the first competitive games to be held in the coming weeks.

The Iowa Department of Public Health has issued guidelines for baseball and softball teams to help stem the potential spread of the virus. It's recommended that any team member who was within 6 feet of the infected person for more than 15 minutes should self-isolate for two weeks.

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