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MHSAA says high school sports are not to blame in rise of COVID-19 cases

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The head of Michigan’s high school athletic organization says new covid testing requirements for student athletes won't hold back the end of the winter sports season...or slow the start of spring sports.

Mark Uyl is the executive director the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

He does not think high school sports are the reason why coronavirus numbers are up in Michigan.

“To just say in general, that because the case numbers have gone up, well it has to be sports...there have been a lot of other things over the last six to eight weeks that have also been amended in the orders....whether it’s indoor dining or different businesses,” said Uyl.

State officials say a more contagious COVID-19 variant that is circulating in Michigan now could spread more easily in any setting where masks aren't being work indoors.