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COVID-19 outbreak linked to MLB All-Star Game in Denver

Joy wasn’t the only thing spreading around the MLB All-Star Game in Denver earlier this month: 14 people also contracted COVID-19 in connection with the event, according to the state health department.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Wednesday added “Major League Baseball All-Star Events” to its list of COVID-19 outbreaks.

Major League Baseball estimated more than 49,000 people attended the game, and thousands more took part in nearby activities for fans. The health department didn’t specify which events the people who later tested positive attended. The outbreak was reported July 21.

The state advises people to get tested if they believe they might have been exposed, or if they have some combination of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

While 14 cases isn’t insignificant, the All-Star Game isn’t one of the larger outbreaks currently considered active in Colorado. In 15 instances — most of them linked to indoor workspaces — outbreaks have grown to 100 or more cases.

The health department still lists last month’s Country Jam music festival in Mesa County as an active outbreak, with 23 staff and attendee cases. That event featured performances by Luke Combs, Toby Keith and Carrie Underwood.