COVID-19 in the News

The Wall Street Journal Friday
Phoenix gave youth sports a pandemic escape – until COVID surged

The Phoenix area emerged as an unlikely oasis for sports in recent months because of its willingness to host youth events during the pandemic as nearby states restricted or barred them altogether. The resulting tension between these events and the COVID surge came to a head when Phoenix's city council gathered Wednesday night for a virtual meeting. With tournaments promising to bring together tens of thousands of young athletes, coaches and parents in the coming months, the council voted 7-2 to cancel all organized sports at the city's fields until virus levels in Maricopa County return to a moderate level. "It's bringing people together who wouldn't ordinarily be together. And those conditions are ripe to transmit the virus," said Joe Gerald, an associate professor of public-health policy and management at the University of Arizona who has modeled the virus trends in the state.