Canucks say 25 players and coaches have tested positive

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks mentioned 25 players and coaches have tested positive in a COVID-19 outbreak involving a variant of the virus.

The workforce mentioned Wednesday that 21 players, together with three from the taxi squad, and 4 members of the teaching workers have tested positive, and one different participant is taken into account a detailed contact.

“This is a stark reminder of how quickly the virus can spread and its serious impact, even among healthy, young athletes,” the workforce mentioned in a press release.

All players and workers are in quarantine, and 19 of the 22 players on Vancouver’s lively roster have been listed on the NHL’s COVID protocol checklist Wednesday.

The Canucks say the workforce has confirmed {that a} variant is concerned within the outbreak, and full genome sequencing is being carried out by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control to find out which particular variant.

They mentioned an ongoing investigation by Vancouver Coastal Health and contract tracing discovered that the outbreak was sparked by a single unidentified particular person selecting up the an infection in a “community setting, which has since been identified by public health as a public exposure location.”

Asked whether or not the NHL is worried {that a} participant or workers member broke the league’s protocol and sparked the outbreak, deputy commissioner Bill Daly declined to remark.

“We are aware of the facts and are comfortable that the situation was handled reasonably and responsibly,” he mentioned in an e mail to The Canadian Press.

The Canucks’ outbreak started March 30 when ahead Adam Gaudette tested positive. The NHL postponed Vancouver’s recreation in opposition to the Calgary Flames the next night time when defenseman Travis Hamonic and a member of the teaching workers have been added to the NHL’s COVID protocol checklist. A complete of six Canucks video games have now been postponed.


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