We are facing difficult times as a nation. However, we are a strong nation and have overcome pandemics and other obstacles in the past.
I wanted to update you regarding the upcoming 2020 Appalachia Prep Combine scheduled for May 16th. As of today, we still plan on having the event pending the situation on the ground in Mercer County and surrounding areas remain fairly neutral. There have been three reported cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County recently. Two cases have since recovered and been released from quarantine. Currently, West Virginia has reported 282 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with two confirmed deaths, making West Virginia the 7th safest state to be in America according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On March 23, 2020, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice issued a stay-at-home order which became effective on March 24, 2020 to help prevent and slow the spread of the virus within the state. With these aggressive actions we believe and hope that West Virginia will remain one of the states who are reporting the lowest COVID-19 cases, which makes us optimistic about the chances of having the APC in mid-May. Governor Justice has also mentioned the possibility of students returning to the classroom at the end of April. State officials have also expressed the possibility of the state basketball tournaments resuming in May. Moreover, some experts believe that warmer weather may send the trend of COVID-19 cases downward. Honestly, no one knows how this pandemic will pan out over the span of seven weeks! Hence, the reason we are not throwing in the towel just yet.
There are some important changes to the upcoming Appalachia Prep Combine that parents and invitees need to be aware of. We are implementing these changes to increase safety for all attendees and to increase the likelihood of executing the event.
- Reducing the max participation limit from 500 to 200 athletes.
- Having several smaller sessions throughout the day aiming to limit each group to 50 athletes or less.
The two above changes will ensure that we don’t have more people at Mitchell Stadium than would be at your average grocery store in America.
We are continuing to monitor the situation while remaining optimistic about the future. I hope this helps bring you up to speed. We hope that each of you remain safe and in good health. In the meantime, we will continue to contact coaches and get your information in the right hands.
Founder and Director – Appalachia Prep Combine