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Coronavirus Task Force to begin reporting on how sporting events impact the number of COVID-19 cases

Dr. Chris Bird tells 3News that the task force will begin next week.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Dr. Chris Bird tells 3News the Coronavirus Task Force will begin reporting on the impacts sporting events have on COVID-19 numbers. The task force will begin doing so on Tuesday, October 6. 

Dr. Bird says it's an important component now that face to face instruction has begun in many coastal bend schools.

“This coming Tuesday we're going to look at football games this year compared to last year,” said Dr. Bird. “Basically, sporting events that are occurring at our local schools and comparing the crowd sizes and foot traffic.”

Dr. Bird says while the task force currently is not tracking COVID cases reported on school campuses, they are considering including those totals in their weekly research.

In June, some districts did have to cancel their summer camp workouts because of the novel coronavirus. Fall sports are currently underway for Coastal Bend school districts. 

School districts have been implementing CDC guidelines in classrooms and at sporting events. In September, St. JP II High School football team began using an app called 'Healthy Together' to help keep them safe from the virus.

The app asks a series of questions regarding how they feel and if they have any symptoms. Coaches are then able to check their results. 

Districts have also been reporting the number of positive coronavirus cases across the Coastal Bend. When it comes to coronavirus cases in the classrooms, Health Director Annette Rodriguez tells 3News the health district hasn't seen a lot of cases from in-person learning. 

For the latest updates on coronavirus cases in the Coastal Bend click here.