BREAKING NEWS: Illinois High School sports will be put on hold effective immediately, and could be delayed through 2020 and into spring 2021 due to covid-19 mitigations, according to a statement released this evening by IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson.

The statement was released following Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s announcement of moving Illinois to Tier 3 mitigations for covid-19 starting Friday.

There’s no set date for the return of sporting activities, however the statement says the IHSA remains “optimistic” for a return soon.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker.

The statement reads as follows:

IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson:
“The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) recognizes that today’s announcement (November 17, 2020) by Governor Pritzker will temporarily pause the IHSA’s winter sports season. We remain optimistic that these new mitigations, coupled with the emergence of a vaccine, will aid in creating participation opportunities in the New Year for IHSA student-athletes in winter, spring, and summer sports. The IHSA Board of Directors will meet as scheduled on November 19, 2020, to continue plotting out potential paths for IHSA sport and activity participation through the remainder of the school year. Although representatives from the Governor’s office and the Illinois Department of Public Health will be unable to attend the meeting, today’s updated guidance from Governor Pritzker will aid the Board’s decision-making. We have asked Deputy Governor Ruiz and Dr. Ezike to engage with us in the near future, so that we can collaborate on developing a plan to safely conduct IHSA sports and activities as soon as possible. IHSA schools have been exemplary in adhering to state regulations throughout this pandemic and we hope that non-school programs will hold themselves to the same standard as we all put the long-term health and safety of our fellow citizens ahead of short-term athletic competition.”

Health officials are reporting 12,601 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases to 597,849.Health officials say 97 additional lives have been lost due to the virus. They’re also reporting 5,887 people in the hospital with COVID-19. Pritzker said one out of every four patients in the hospital have COVID-19. Watch Pritzker’s full press conference here.
On Tuesday, the state reported 96 new deaths and 12,601 more cases. Illinois now has at least 597,849 total positive COVID-19 cases and 10,875 deaths statewide.For more information on the data, see the Illinois Coronavirus Website.

For more information, see the IHSA website.

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