OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) - State health leaders are saying basketball games held indoors could be a super spreader of the coronavirus.
The boys team at Okolona High School is a postseason regular, being crowned state champions two years ago. This year, the team feels they have another shot at the title.
But could the team see empty gyms this year as a COVID-19 precaution?
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs was asked about the indoor sport.
"One person gave it [the virus] to 22 people at one hockey game,” Dobbs said. “I think yes, I think that it's quite likely that it's going to be more dangerous."
Okolona basketball coach Arteria Clifton spoke about the possibility of having no fans in attendance.
"It's kind of scary,” he said. “I think I had that thought. I think our players feed off of the crowd. But I know that's a possibility, so we're just trying to stay as safe as possible."
Junior shooting guard Tony Hunter agrees.
"The game would be boring because the fans make the game, really," Hunter said.
The school and team are taking every precaution possible to aid in COVID-19 prevention.
"We're required to wipe the balls down," Clifton said. "We try our best to keep them 6 feet apart if they are not participating in the drill at that time."
Players must wear masks when entering and leaving the gym and inside the locker rooms.
"I love basketball, so I'm glad we're able to play," Hunter said. "I'm just ready for all of this to be over with though."
Clifton added the game is important for the community. He hopes to get through the season safely.