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Crowds return to Michigan International Speedway, health officials hope COVID won't

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

It’s a big auto racing weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

But there are concerns more than engines will be roaring through Brooklyn.

Health officials have been concerned that large events could serve as COVID-19 super spreaders.

The Faster Horses country music festival earlier this year at the speedway has been linked to more than a hundred COVID-19 cases.

Lenawee County Health officer Martha Hall admits there is concern that COVID-19 positive individuals could be present at this weekend’s races and spread the virus to others. She’s encouraging people experiencing COVID symptoms to stay home. 

Michigan International Speedway officials say they are following CDC guidelines. The track is requiring masks in indoor spaces, with hand sanitizer being provided.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.