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No local COVID-19 clusters identified after Bristol All-Star Race


More than two weeks after Bristol Motor Speedway welcomed over 20,000 people to the country’s largest in-person sports gathering in months, local public health officials say they have not yet identified any COVID-19 case clusters directly associated with the NASCAR All-Star Race.

The race was originally scheduled to take place in Charlotte, but was moved to Bristol, Tennessee as North Carolina’s case numbers climbed.

Bristol Motor Speedway implemented an extensive plan for the July 15 event that physically distanced spectators in the stands and required attendees to wear masks in most parts of the stadium, except for at their seats.

As of Friday, no cases in the area have been linked to the race event, according to public health leaders in both Tennessee and Virginia.

Officials have been monitoring case investigations and contact tracing for links to the massive event.

Bristol Herald Courier