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COVID outbreak shuts down Bishop Manogue athletics through April 29

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Bishop Manogue athletics has been shut down through April 29. (Handout)

The Bishop Manogue spring athletic programs have been suspended immediately and will be shut down through April 29 following a COVID-19 outbreak at the school.

"This campus closure and suspension of activities is in response to a significant uptick in COVID-19 cases and exposure exclusions within our school community," Bishop Manogue wrote in a letter to the families of its students. "We have also received confirmation from the Washoe County Health District that some of these cases include a COVID-19 variant of concern. This variant of concern is linked to a more rapid spread and longer exclusion time if exposed which is why we are following the recommended exclusion period through April 29 (the full 14 days after our most recent and significant exposure).

"We are taking this mitigation step to tamp down this uptick in hopes that we can reduce exposure and exclusions, especially given our robust calendar of end-of-year events which include: spring athletic contests, AP testing, Gold Rush Field Day, prom, and an in-person graduation ceremony. We implore you for your cooperation as we do not want these special end-of-year events to be compromised. Our students have missed out on so much these past 15 months and we are taking these proactive measures in hopes of finishing the school year in a fun and meaningful way."

Bishop Manogue said its current case count is nearing 30 individuals, with each positive case averaging 10 exclusions due to potential exposure. The on-campus suspension was determined by Bishop Manogue administration and not by the Washoe County Health District, which supports the decision to pause on-campus activities.

Among the Miners' spring sports are baseball, softball, track and field, swimming and diving and boys golf. The Bishop Manogue-Spanish Springs baseball game scheduled to be broadcast on Nevada Sports Net on Friday night has been canceled. Friday Night Lights will instead air the Damonte Ranch-Reno baseball game.

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