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Ville Platte ballpark closed after child in rec league tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 4:22 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 17:22:24-04

The Ville Platte ballpark will be closed for the remainder of the scheduled season after a child who participated in a game tested positive for COVID-19 this week, Ville Platte/Evangeline Parish Recreational Parks Director David Lahaye confirmed Friday.

Lahaye told KVPI that the child tested positive on Thursday, June 11, and participated in only one game this season, on Tuesday, June 9. The source of the infection was traced back to a family member who didn't visit the ballpark. The child was tested after spending time with an extended family member over the weekend of June 6 who tested positive for COVID-19 four days later. Lahaye said the only symptom exhibited by the child has been a mild stomachache.

The child's teammates have shown no symptoms, and Lahaye said that the teams in the child's game did not participate in post-game handshakes.

"We want to reiterate that the protocols put in place by the leagues and REC District follow Governor John Bel Edwards' guidelines and were approved by the State Fire Marshal," added Lahaye.

The city decided to close the ballparks out of an abundance of caution, even though there is no evidence the child spread the virus to anyone at the ballpark.

The ballpark will be closed for the remainder of the season for both the boys and girls leagues, KVPI reports.

Free COVID-19 testing is available for anyone on Thursday, June 18, from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Annie Mae's Apartments, located at 1020 N. Reed Street in Ville Platte, and from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. At the Olene's "Pop" Vidrine Gardens Apartments, located at 1110 North Chataignier Street.

Read more from KVPI here.

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