Hawaii travelers returning from mainland youth football tournament urged to get tested for COVID-19

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) urges anyone who attended a recent youth football tournament on the mainland to get tested for COVID-19 and to quarantine.

The DOH believes the source of this cluster is from the Pylon Mecca 7v7 tournament that took place in Utah and Nevada. A total of 13 Hawaii cases are linked to the event.

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Health officials say to date seven people who returned to Maui and six who returned to Oahu have tested positive as of Friday, April 30.

“So far, we have found two teams from Hawaii,” said Tellie Matagi, a DOH contact tracing investigator. “These team members are not from one particular area, they’re across the island, because this is a community league and it’s one that’s not apart of any particular school.”

The tournament was held on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25. Some returning from the tournament participated in the Safe Travels Program and some chose to quarantine instead, DOH officials said.

“Tournament games were held on Saturday and Sunday, but teams might have traveled as early as Monday morning,” said Brooks Baehr, a DOH spokesperson. “So they did testing prior to some of the games and some of the get togethers that were held in Nevada.”

The players that are affected range in age from high school to 14 and under.

Participants told KHON2 that safety measures were strictly enforced at the tournament. Some coaches say this is a reminder to not let any guards down.

Close contacts who have not been fully vaccinated are also asked to quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms.

“Ideally, they would need to stay in a room by themselves and away from others, wear a mask when you have to be around others, and have your own bathroom,” Matagi said.

The DOH asks those who are contacted by a contact tracer to please provide as much information as possible.

Investigations into this cluster are ongoing.

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