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On Tuesday, the IHSAA had announced it would be sticking with its original plan to seat pods of up to six fans in a diamond social distancing pattern capable of accommodating nearly 7,000 per game.

According to Nafissa Cisse Egbuonye, Black Hawk County Health Department director, that plan was put in place before cases of COVID-19 spiked locally and statewide, pushing hospitals to the breaking point.

“Our responsibility is to help any business sector in terms of mitigating the spread of COVID,” Egbuonye said Tuesday. “We review plans. We review seating charts. We give feedback and recommendations.

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“When this plan was put into place it was way before our numbers started. If that’s something we need to re-evaluate, we can definitely do that. If that’s something that they’re open to then, yes, we can definitely look at that.”

By Tuesday afternoon, Nook reached out to Egbuonye before Wednesday’s larger meeting.

“We’re happy to partner with UNI and appreciate the steps they’re taking in response to rising coronavirus case numbers here and across the state,” Egbuonye said in Wednesday’s statement. “We urge everyone traveling here for the playoffs to wear masks and remain socially distanced.”

Black Hawk County’s 14-day positive testing rate sits at 25.7% with an average of 162 new daily cases over that stretch. Iowa’s seven-day COVID-19 average of daily new cases is 4,351. Two weeks ago, that daily average was under 1,000.

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