Late Thursday evening, Lyon County Public Health announced a potential exposure risk of COVID-19 for Lyon County residents who participated in or attended a youth basketball tournament in Parksville, Missouri on June 20.

The exposure reportedly only affected the girls’ league at the tournament. A player who participated in the games was symptomatic and had since tested positive for the disease.

“On June 25, 2020, Kansas Department of Health and Environment notified Lyon County Public Health that a player tested positive for COVID-19 that attended a youth girls basketball tournament in Parkville, Missouri on Saturday, June 20th,” Public Information Officer Brandon Stiner said in a written release Friday morning. “Lyon County Public Health wants to ensure the safety of our Lyon County Residents by notifying attendees who participated in this event of the potential exposure.”

Tournament details are as follows:

KCP 5/6th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament, Parkville Athletic Complex –

  • Court 3, Parkville, Missouri.

“Lyon County Public Health has contacted the known close contacts of the positive player to notify them of the potential exposure and ask them to quarantine for 14 days from the date of contact,” he said. “Attendees of the tournament are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Lyon County Public Health wants to remind our community that if anyone is experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough, chills, muscle pain, fatigue, headache, congestion, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell or difficulty breathing, please call our COVID-19 Hotline (620) 208-3741 to get tested.”

Stiner said the Missouri tournament exposures are separate incidents from another known set of exposures that occurred around the same time in Hays and Wichita.

According to information released by the Ellis County Health Department, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said that three persons that had tested positive for COVID-19 attended three basketball tournaments in Hays and Wichita on June 20 – 21. Persons that attended these events may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should be aware of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

MAYB Boys Basketball Tournament, Hays Recreation Commission Hays, KS, June 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and June 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

MAYB Girls Basketball Tournament, Hays Recreation Commission Hays, KS, June 21 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

MAYB Boys Basketball Tournament, Wichita Sports Forum Wichita, KS, June 20 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and June 21 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

“Anyone who attended any of these tournaments during the identified days and times should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 until 14 days after exposure (July 4 or July 5),” the Ellis County Health Department said. “Those symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue, diarrhea, and/or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing. If symptoms develop, isolate immediately and contact your health care provider. In an emergency please call 911 and notify first responders that you were potentially exposed to COVID-19 and, if possible, wear a cloth face mask before they arrive.”

Lyon County residents who become symptomatic should call the COVID-19 hotline at 620-208-3741 to get tested.

“Lyon County Public Health reminds you, if you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately,” he said. “Do not visit in-person prior to receiving confirmation from that healthcare provider. Continue to follow all Public Health guidelines referencing COVID-19.”

Public Health officials initially reported the exposure occurred at a baseball tournament, but the error was quickly realized when The Emporia Gazette reached out for further comment. Stiner said public health regretted the confusion with the initial release.

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Does anyone who attended this tournament actually have the virus. I do not mean that they tested positive. I mean actually mean that they actually have it. Oh no the sky is falling.


The third sentence reads "A player who participated in the games was symptomatic and had since tested positive for the disease." Third sentence.

Or are you one of those 30% accuracy so there's a 70% chance it's wrong type of person with tons of common sense?


How many times has this story changed. Originally reported as baseball tourney, Then it was in Hayes. How many changes?

Ryann Brooks Staff
Ryann Brooks

Initially the tournament was reported by Lyon County Public Health as a baseball tournament. I reached out for further information and was told it was a basketball tournament.

Three separate sporting events occurring over the same weekend were each reported to have risks for exposure. The location of this particular exposure in Missouri was never changed, but because of the other two instances, the result was confusion on social media.

I updated this story three times total as more information came in, with the final draft coming Friday morning with public health's final release on the incident.

Ryann Brooks, News and Online Editor


Sports are super important, and masks are super dumb.Totally worth the risk.


its going a little bit to far

Hollowed Ground

Restaurants are even more important. Bars even more so. A Pabst Blue Ribbon Lite is worth dying for any day!

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