By Shereen Siewert

A participant in the Mosinee Alumni Softball Tournament this month tested positive for COVID-19 while infectious, prompting health officials to issue a statement urging anyone present to monitor symptoms for 14 days.

The tournament was held Aug. 21-23. Health officials say they are unable to identify all participants who had close contact with the infected person.

Participants who were at the Recreation Center Park and the Mosinee School District baseball field could have been exposed to COVID-19 between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 and from 4 p.m. until 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Anyone present on those dates should monitor symptoms until Sept. 6. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough and shortness of breath. Anyone who develops symptoms should contact a health care provider for testing.

“The community’s health and safety is our number one priority and we have worked with the Mosinee Alumni Tournament organizer,” said Joan Theurer, Marathon County Health Officer. “We recognize that individuals voluntary engage in activities and may be exposed to the COVID virus despite the prevention efforts of event organizers. This is why it is so important people take the necessary actions to protect themselves.”

Health officials say the public should not assume the event organizers have done anything wrong.

Identifying information about the infected participant is not being released.

Health officials caution residents to avoid large gatherings, pay attention to distance, wear a face covering, wash hands and stay home if sick.