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Coronavirus concerns are spreading across Mackey Arena

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Mackey Arena will be a sell-out again as the Boilers take on Iowa in a game that could seal their number one ranking in the nation.

Amid a new surge of COVID cases, and at least one medical professional is raising concerns about that.

During a weekly COVID update with reporters earlier today, IU Health Arnett Doctor Christopher Mansfield said the crowds at Mackey have been discussed among community health leaders.  And, in his opinion, Doctor Mansfield said more needs to be done to make Mackey Arena safer.

"I by no means am saying shut down fans at Purdue basketball. Have fans. I do think the students, the individuals that sit in the Gold seats, the Black seats, should lead by example. Wear their masks. You know, having a sign and carrying it up and down the aisle, and, you know, saying "wear your mask," doesn't seem to be terribly effective. I think other messaging needs to go out and we need to take some next steps."

Doctor Mansfield said the next steps could include a range of options; from shutting down concessions to not allowing fans to attend games again.

He stopped short of calling Mackey Arena a "super spreader."

But he said putting 14-thousand people together in an enclosed space is a cause for concern.

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