5 die of coronavirus after attending the Indiana High School basketball tournament with 2,800 others
Five men who attended an Indiana high school basketball tournament in March died after contracting the corona virus, and at least a dozen others fell ill after the four-game bonanza.
Jim DeSalle, Paul Loggan, Larry Rush, Roscoe Taylor III and Charles Johnson have all died in recent weeks after taking part in a March 6 game at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, where 2,800 spectators took to the stands.
The event went ahead despite confirmation of the state’s COVID-19 case that morning, from Community Health North, just 4 miles from the school.
“We received phone calls asking if we would still play,” said Ryan Banas, director of athletics at Lawrence Central Indianapolis Star.
Roscoe Taylor III, Paul Loggan, Charles Johnson, Jim DeSalle and Larry Rush have all died in recent weeks following their presence on March 6
Paul Loggan, 57, was an athletics director at North Central and, along with counterparts from Warren Central and Crispus Attucks, authorized the games to continue
For the second game of the evening, Jim DeSalle (left), 70, sat at the North Central bank. Larry Rush (right), 67, was an Uber driver and was in the game supporting Lawrence North
Charles Johnson, 78, attended games on March 3, 6 and 7. He died on March 27. Roscoe Taylor III (right) died on April 5
Elsewhere in Indiana, 63 other high school games also continued.
It is unclear where the men contracted the virus, but it is noted that there were many hugs, handshakes and high fives in the semifinals of the sections. The NBA suspended their season the following week. Indiana didn’t close until two weeks after high school.
Loggan, 57, was an athletics director at North Central and, along with counterparts from Warren Central and Crispus Attucks, authorized the games to continue that evening. Loggan spent most of the game at the end of his team’s bench and spent two hours at the school’s gym.
Larry Rush, 67, was an Uber driver and was in the race in support of Lawrence North.
Taylor, 43, was a cafeteria employee at Stonybrook Middle School and was on the lower level of the Warren Central section. His fever started on March 20 and he died on April 5. His father Roscoe Taylor III, 66, also had the virus and died on March 29.
78-year-old Johnson was three rows behind Warren Central’s bench next to his wife Kay, who also fell ill but was not tested.
Johnson attended games on March 3, 6, and 7, and went to the grocery store and church that weekend before he started showing symptoms. He died March 27 and Kay doesn’t know who had the virus first.
For the second game of the evening, 70-year-old Jim DeSalle sat at the bank of North Central. Earlier in the day, he was a youth city game. The following night, he was shown cutting off a section of the sectional net.
At the time of the first case, a person who had recently returned from Boston, the Indiana community was believed to be at high risk of contracting COVID-19.
“There is no ongoing risk to the public,” said the state department of health commissioner Dr. Kris Box that day. Bur Box added, “The situation with COVID-19 is changing rapidly and we can expect other cases in Indiana in the future.”
At 2:55 p.m. that day, IHSAA assured people that the area would be safe.
‘We will continue to monitor developments and listen to medical experts and if it is necessary to adapt high school sporting events, we will work with our affiliated schools to take every precaution to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all concerned guarantee, “they said in a statement.
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Jim Stanbrough, 64, of Lawrence North’s assistant, fell ill after sitting at a table with DeSalle. His wife Marta also contracted the virus, but her symptoms were milder
64-year-old Jim Stanbrough, an assistant to Lawrence North, fell ill after sitting at a table with DeSalle the following night after the games were completed.
Other Stanbrough school staff sat at other tables.
“I’ll never forget that night,” said Stanbrough. “Jim and I were two at a table. I will always remember that. Did I give it to him? Did he give it to me? I do not know the answer. Many people were involved. ‘
Stanbrough felt sick immediately after eating and went to the doctor on March 10 where he tested positive for flu. He was in and out of the emergency room on March 17 and 19 and tested positive for the coronavirus on March 23.
DeSalle died on April 1. Stanbrough was hospitalized on April 2 and remained there six days after contracting blood clots in his lungs and legs. He had no underlying diseases.
His wife Marta also contracted the virus, but her symptoms were milder and included loss of taste and smell.
Colleague Lawrence North Staff Gerad Good, 49, fell ill with a fever four days later. He has asthma and was ill for 16 days, but the virus did not enter his lungs. He lost 22 pounds.
It is possible that the virus had spread into the community earlier this week.
The virus is spread through droplets in the airways and can remain on surfaces for several days.
33-year-old Khyrie Abdullah was not in the March 6 game, but attended the tournament for the past two nights.
Abdullah, a job coach at Lawrence Central and assistant football coach at Lawrence Central, was hospitalized with Mach 16 and on a ventilator on March 19. He stayed on the ventilator for 13 days, meanwhile testing positive for the virus.
“I probably walked around with it for two weeks and had no idea,” said Abdullah. ‘I’m lucky. The doctors said my age probably helped. My wife went into superhero mode. I was gone for two weeks and thought it was two o’clock. It was as if someone just turned off the light. ‘
Scott Frank, 51, whose son played on the Cathedral team on March 4, fell ill on March 11 and tested positive on March 20.
Some players also fell ill. Shown is a March 6 game between North Central and Warren Central
“The problem with a common event like a basketball tournament is that you have a group of people around,” said Dr. Cole Beeler, infectious disease physician at Indiana University Health. Pictured, Lawrence North Wildcats students go nuts after their team game against the Lawrence Central Bears during IHSAA boys sectional game at Lawrence Central High School on March 4
“The timeline does fit the cross-section, but back then we thought it was mostly limited to Washington,” said Frank.
“It didn’t even occur to me at the time that we could be hit, even when we heard of that first case on March 6. There was so much energy in the building for those games. It was fantastic. I was curious to see what Lawrence North could do in the region. ‘
The Indianapolis Star reports that that week’s tournament participants with the coronavirus were the parents of a sophomore in Lawrence North, a teacher in Hamilton Southeastern, a referee and a videographer.
Players also showed symptoms.
“The problem with a common event like a basketball tournament is that you have a group of people around,” said Dr. Cole Beeler, infectious disease physician at Indiana University Health, at the Indianapolis Star.
“There are a number of people close together. The other thing is that people are probably screaming and shouting and cheering at their teams. We know that you probably kick a lot more drops when you talk and shout than when you just breathe or talk in a normal voice. ‘
In addition to the social distance six feet apart, the CDC recommended that everyone wear a face cover to hide the nose and mouth in public.
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Also called ‘physical distance’, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), means keeping space between yourself and other people outside your home.
It is recommended because COVID-19 cases can spread when an infected person coughing, sneezing or talking, and drops coming from their mouth or nose in the air and land in the mouth or nose of people nearby. The drops can also be inhaled into the lungs.
To practice social or physical distance, the CDC recommends the following:
- Avoid large and small gatherings in private places and public areas
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when you are with others
- Keep a distance of at least 2 meters from other people, even if you are wearing a face cover
- Do not use public transport, rides or taxis
- Use mail order for medicines
- Use grocery delivery service
- Work from home
- Use digital / distance learning