This weekend’s upcoming Native Youth Olympics Traditional Games in Ketchikan have been postponed. That’s after Ketchikan’s school district announced a cluster of at least five new cases of COVID-19 among people who attended a high school wrestling tournament, the prom and an after-party.
The 10-event Native Youth Games includes tests of strength, agility, balance, endurance and focus. They’re based on hunting and survival skills of Alaska’s Indigenous peoples.
Organizer Sealaska Heritage Institute said Wednesday it hopes to reschedule the Ketchikan event next month. A firm date has not been set.
Ketchikan High School was closed Wednesday to allow time for contact tracing and cleaning. The school’s principal said Wednesday afternoon that Kayhi would remain closed for the rest of the week after a new case of COVID-19 related to the cluster was reported.
SHI’s northern Native Youth Olympics scheduled for May 8 and 9 in Juneau are still planned to proceed as scheduled.
This story has been updated to reflect that Ketchikan High School will be closed for the rest of this week.