Coronavirus concerns force Cedar Rapids parade cancellation

first_imgCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Marchers and other participants won’t be navigating Cedar Rapids’ streets Tuesday: The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade has been canceled because of concerns about the new coronavirus.The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Society, or SaPaDaPaSo, decided Tuesday night to call off this year’s event and make refunds to parade entrants. The nonprofit group has organized the parade since 1976.The group said on social media that it had received some cancellations this week “as well as numerous calls, messages and concerns from the community and volunteers.”For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.Thirteen cases have been detected in Iowa as of Tuesday evening.In another cancellation related to COVID-19, Special Olympics Iowa announced Monday that it canceled the 2020 Mid-Winter Tournament in Iowa City.last_img

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