LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lacrosse was reclassified from a full-contact to minimal-contact sport in Nevada’s coronavirus playbook on Tuesday, as Gov. Steve Sisolak moved to let indoor and outdoor practices and competitions resume with social distancing and other requirements.
Sisolak said he followed medical advisers in also classifying ice hockey as a full-contact sport and field hockey as a minimal-contact sport.
The governor signed new guidelines that will let adult and youth tournaments begin March 15 for Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association sports after approval for a COVID-19 safety plan.
Full-contact sports include football, rugby, wrestling, boxing, ice hockey, basketball, boxing, group dance and cheer, water polo and martial arts. Full-contact club sports and private leagues remain prohibited.
The announcements came as state health officials reported 309 new coronavirus cases and 10 deaths since Monday. Nevada had gone previous two days with no reported deaths.
Tuesday’s figures from the Department of Health and Human Services brought the number of cases statewide since last March to 294,289, and deaths during the pandemic to 4,967.
Daily averages of cases and deaths have decreased since mid-January, and the state’s two-week positivity figure decreased to 7.3%. The World Health Organization goal is 5%.