"Dodge City Roundup is a go," Dodge City Roundup president Dr. R.C. Trotter said. "It may look a little different but it is important to the city, the sponsors and to the people to what we have to do."

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One of the big questions coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic in Dodge City is whether or not Dodge City Days would take place, including the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.


On Wednesday, that question was answered.


"Dodge City Roundup is a go," Dodge City Roundup president R.C. Trotter said. "It may look a little different but it is important to the city, the sponsors and to the people to what we have to do."


According to Trotter, all six nights of performances will take place from July 28 through Aug. 2 including Xtreme Bulls.


On Tuesday, Trotter said the committee of the rodeo met to discuss whether the Dodge City rodeo could go on.


"We talked with everyone from the announcers to the cleaning crew on if we could do this," Trotter said. "More details will be sent out as they are confirmed and the sponsors will have to understand we may not do what we've done in the past. The PRCA is committed to working with us and we're ready to go, now we have to figure out how to do it."


There will not be any restrictions regarding how many fans can attend the rodeo.


Despite Ford County COVID-19 deaths reaching 10 as of Wednesday, according to Trotter, who is also the Ford County physicians adviser, the number of positive cases is lowering week to week.


"We had 120 or so new cases compared to 150 new positives within the last week," Trotter said. "The number of cases keeps going down and the hospitals are not being over run. Currently there are four patients in the hospital, two in the ICU.


"We want people to make their own decision on attending the rodeo and right now we don't know how many will come."


With any public attendance, Trotter highly recommends wearing personal protective equipment.


"One thing I would like to stress is if anyone is having any symptoms, go to the hospital to get evaluated," he said. "What we have seen is a lot of patients are asymptomatic but when we have looked at X-Rays, they look terrible; yet upon listening to the lungs, people are saying they feel and sound fine. It is very odd to see.


"You wear the masks so if you are asymptomatic, you aren't spreading the virus to others."


Trotter added that if people feel sick to not attend the rodeo.


"It is kind of an old school mentality, isolation is still viable to curb an illness," Trotter said. "Staying home and getting the care you need away from the public is still the best reasonable health care practice."


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