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Most C.O. basketball games continue despite sharp rise in COVID-19 cases

(Update: adding information and video)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Two games between Central Oregon basketball teams were canceled or postponed Tuesday night due to COVID-19 restraints, while others went on as scheduled.

The Mountain View boys basketball team was set to play Ridgeview when the results contact tracing for the Mountain View team postponed the game. Lance Haas, the Cougars' athletic director, told NewsChannel 21 the game will be rescheduled for a later date. The teams first league game of the season scheduled for Jan. 11 is set to be played.

Meanwhile, La Pine's girls basketball game against Trinity Lutheran also was canceled because of COVID.

The week's snowy weather and road closures also have affected the basketball season, with Tuesday night's boys basketball game between Klamath Union and Sisters to be rescheduled.

Nearly 30 other boys and girls games around the state were canceled or left to be rescheduled Tuesday night.

Bend-La Pine Schools officials were meeting Wednesday to discuss the recent guidance from the Oregon Department of Education urging schools to cancel extracurricular activities if they cannot put layered mitigation protocols in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 and its more-contagious omicron variant.

Redmond School District spokeswoman Sheila Miller told NewsChannel 21 the district will be taking a wait-and-see approach to the surge in cases while Julieanne Repman, a spokeswoman for the Bend-La Pine Schools said, "Bend-La Pine Schools staff are continuing to meet to review new state guidance."

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