The Arnold Sports Festival says it does not anticipate any change in schedule due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) but through "an abundance of caution" is working with all constituents to make the event safe for all.
The Arnold Medical Team, directed by Mount Carmel Health System, will screen all athletes at check-in during the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival.
Starting next Wednesday, every athlete upon registration will be asked where they've been for the past 15 days and if they've been exposed to the virus.
If they answer yes, and their temperature is 100.4 or higher, they will be self-quarantined and unable to compete.
Mount Carmel is also adding 25 nurses to cover all 88 different sporting events and is working with a foreign language service to develop cards that athletes can read to avoid any language barriers.
Organizers say the Greater Columbus Convention Center will have hand sanitizers placed within 20 feet of each other throughout the center during the event.
In addition, there will be four EMT locations and a first aid room available to all.
The Ohio Department of Health is encouraging anyone who is attending the event to practice good hygiene thorough hand washing, coughing into your elbow, staying home if you are sick.
体育投注More than 20,000 athletes are expected to compete at the event and 200,000 people are expected to attend.
10TV reported Thursday that athletes representing 32 countries where the coronavirus has been confirmed will be attending the festival.
As of Feb. 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.
体育投注Of the cases, 14 were detected and tested in the U.S. through U.S. public health surveillance systems; this includes 12 people with travel history to China, and two involving person-to-person spread.
The remaining 45 are people repatriated to the U.S. by the Department of State; this includes three people who had been in China and 42 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
The disease is not spreading in the community in the U.S. at this time, and the CDC currently considers the risk to the general public to be low.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio.
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