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Mandatory COVID-19 testing of Michigan youth athletes challenged in court

Beginning Friday, all high school athletes must adhere to a rapid antigen testing regimen
Let Them Play held a rally outside the Michigan Capitol to persuade state health officials to...
Let Them Play held a rally outside the Michigan Capitol to persuade state health officials to allow the winter high school sports season to begin.
Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 11:43 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A high school sports advocacy group and some parents have sued Michigan, seeking to stop a new requirement that all teen athletes be regularly tested for the coronavirus.

The lawsuit filed in the state Court of Claims on Thursday comes on the eve of the mandate’s effective date.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the free, required rapid testing to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Let Them Play Michigan sued along with three parents of young athletes.

The lawsuit alleges that a state order and related guidance on mandatory quarantines for athletes are “arbitrary and capricious.”

Beginning Friday, all high school athletes in Michigan will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing using rapid antigen kits to continue participating in practices and games.

Athletes who test positive, have COVID-19 symptoms or come in close contact with someone who has the illness must be sent home to receive a traditional coronavirus test.

Whitmer and state health officials say the spread of COVID-19 is increasing the fastest among young people in Michigan.

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