Get Ready for Hoopfest!
Hey, hoopsters! It’s your public health team at Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) here to cheer you on! We know you’re probably looking forward to Hoopfest weekend. It’s been a Spokane tradition since 1989, and that means lots of people from our community and from out of town will be heading downtown to play basketball or to watch from the sidelines.
Because we expect to see a high turnout for Hoopfest this year, it’s important to keep in mind ways you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep yourself healthy as you take on a day (or two!) in the sun. Here are a few tips for the big weekend:
Enjoy the sun, but keep your skin protected:
Sunscreen is important whether you’re out on the court or cheering on friends and family. Now that summer is here, wearing sunscreen can help prevent sunburns and protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays. Before you head out to play, don’t forget to pack sunscreen with a high SPF rating, like 50 or 70, and apply it as recommended on the back of the bottle or spray can!
Stay hydrated for optimal performance ability:
Drinking fluids, like water, can help prevent dehydration and heatstroke—keeping you off the bench and in the game. Consider bringing a reusable water bottle to fill up throughout the day to stay hydrated because, hey, those jump shots aren't going to make themselves!
Know where you can get medical assistance:
Before you hit the court, make sure you and your team know where the nearest first-aid tent is located. Knowing where you or a team member can get help if you need medical attention is important for keeping everyone safe and healthy during Hoopfest.
Test beforehand for COVID-19:
Before you test your basketball skills on the court, don’t forget to test for COVID-19! Testing at least 72 hours beforehand can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep others safe during close contact sports when social distancing is not possible. Find at-home testing options that can be completed in as little as 15 minutes at covid.srhd.org.
Isolate if sick:
Not feeling well? If you’re experiencing symptoms such as a sore throat, cough, fever, or fatigue, it’s best to stay off the court and at home. We know staying home can feel disappointing, but it’s actually a slam-dunk way to keep your team and other players safe during Hoopfest.
Have a Great Hoopfest!
SRHD wants everyone in our community to stay healthy, and we appreciate you taking precautions to limit the spread of illness. Now that you know how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep yourself healthy, let’s have a great Hoopfest weekend!