GLENN COUNTY, Calif. – Glenn and Tehama counties now meet the requirements to open organized youth and adult sports starting Friday.
Last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated guidance for sports that applies to all organized youth and adult sports, including school and community-sponsored programs, and privately organized clubs and leagues.
Under the updated guidance, outdoor high-contact sports can be played in counties with a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000. Public Health announced Wednesday morning, Glenn County now meets the requirements to open organized youth and adult sports beginning Feb. 26.
Tehama County has a case rate of 14.1 per 100,000 population, as of Feb. 24. Health officials said they can also resume outdoor contact sports under the state’s updated guidance.
Willows Athletic Director Greg Kitchen told Action News Now, Glenn County's Public Health Department and coaches for youth sports intend to meet soon to discuss protocols, scheduling and other details before scheduling games.
Part of the state's guidelines is testing players and staff regularly throughout the season. Masks are required to be worn at all times during play and practice.
In Hamiton City, players sanitize every water break, and players there say no matter the guidelines or rules, they'll follow them because they just want to play.
"That's fine, one or two games that's fine as long as I get to spend time with my senior boys, that's fine," said Hamilton City High School Junior Juan 'Dany' Alvarez. "One or two games is plenty. Better than zero," he said.
"Even if it's one, two, three games it'll make it up," said Senior Mario Velazquez.
Glenn County has a daily COVID-19 case rate of 12.7 per 100,000 population and a test positive rate of 7.6%, according to public health.