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Local mom concerned daughter contracted COVID-19 from basketball tournament

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Posted at 5:36 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 14:08:58-04

PARKVILLE, Mo. — Ten-year-old D'Mya Newton was ecstatic when she found out she'd be able to play basketball this summer.

"She was in the garage all day just putting up shots," said Brittney English, D'Mya's mom.

However, after playing several games in mid-June, she began to feel sick.

"Once we took her to the hospital, they gave her an IV of saline solution and Motrin," English said.

Her mom said Newton has some health issues, but wanted to take her to the hospital as her fever rose.

Days later, doctors told English her daughter tested positive for COVID-19.

41 Action News spoke with English over Zoom as the family is in quarantine. She said she believes her daughter got the virus from the KC Premiere Basketball tournament.

"She was feeling fine before we attended the basketball game on Sunday," English said. "She is the one that is always cleaning her hands, washing her hands and using the hand sanitizer."

41 Action News Spoke with the Platte County Health Department on Monday, which said it alerted families that had close contact with the player who tested positive.

The department also said it worked with the tournament director to conduct contact tracing.

The director said that four teams were alerted within hours of knowing about the positive COVID-19 case.

Doctors said it is dangerous when parents send their kids back to the court.

"They are absolutely putting their kids at risk. You have the weigh the risk versus the benefit. The benefit is up to the parent and up to the kid," said Dr. Simon Clark, an emergency physician at Overland Park Regional. "Of course they want to get back to action and sports. The risk is definitely there."

A question many parents have is if they should let their kids play or keep them at home.

"I can't really advise whether or not it's a good idea. I think the risk is there. I kind of have to defer to the local health department's experts. I can just say the risk is there," Clark said.

D'Mya's mom wants parents to take extra precautions when letting kids go back to playing their favorite sport.

"Just looking at the signs when they come home. If they are tired, if they are fatigued or anything like that, just be aware," English said.

D'Mya lives in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The health department there said it was also taking community precautions.

"I can tell you that public health officials have conducted contact tracing with any close contacts of the person who initially developed symptoms and tested positive, and have been in touch with the team directors/coaches to advise their players on self-quarantine procedures and monitoring for symptoms," said Janell Friesen, spokesperson for the Wyandotte County Health Department.

Several health departments around the area said they are not seeing COVID-19 outbreaks in children from playing sports.

In Johnson County, a few Shawnee Mission East athletes tested positive for the virus last week.

A spokesperson with the school said they have no information that would indicate that their diagnoses were related to playing sports at the school.

KC Premiere has listed the precautions being taken due to COVID-19 on its website.

Editor's Note: Based on information provided by the Platte County Health Department, a previous version of this story identified the tournament director as the complex director.

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