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The sports world has went crazy over the past couple of days, followed up by school districts and other private organizations postponing or canceling events.

Interestingly, Iowa Health officials are actually NOT recommending the cancellation of planned events or mass gatherings at this point, according to a press release issued by the health department on Thursday.

“Iowa has not identified community spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) at this time, and absent community spread or additional guidance from our federal partners, we aren't making any recommendations to cancel events,” said Dr. Caitlin Pedati, IDPH medical director and state epidemiologist.

“This is, however, a very fluid situation and we urge the public to closely monitor messaging from the Iowa Department of Public Health for updated guidance.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants event organizers to take precautions to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. In the press release, the CDC said organizers should be prepared for the possibility of outbreaks and ensure they have contingency plans in place, if the need arises.

The situation related to COVID-19 is changing rapidly, and Iowans should closely monitor messaging from the Iowa Department of Public Health and CDC for updated guidance if or when community spread of disease is identified.

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