The COVID-19 outbreak that has stored the Vancouver Canucks out of motion since a March 24 loss to the Winnipeg Jets continues to worsen.
Roughly 24 hours after The Athletic reported that not less than 17 Vancouver gamers have examined optimistic for the coronavirus, the Canucks confirmed that 18 lively gamers, three gamers from the taxi squad and 4 employees members have examined optimistic for a virus variant. One different participant is at present listed as a high-risk shut contact.
“An ongoing investigation by Vancouver Coastal Well being and membership contact tracing employees attributes the supply an infection to a single particular person obtained in a neighborhood setting, which has since been recognized by public well being as a public publicity location,” the membership added. “Fast unfold of an infection all through the workforce signifies a hyperlink between contacts and the first case.”
So far, Vancouver has had six contests postponed throughout the outbreak that’s threatening the membership’s capacity to finish the scheduled 56-game common season. In response to Ben Kuzma of The Province, not less than two extra matchups are prone to be scrapped.
The NHL has already pushed the ultimate day of the common season again from Could 8 to Could 11 on the earliest. Neither Vancouver nor the league has introduced a tentative return date for the Canucks.
“The well being and security of gamers, employees, households and the larger neighborhood stays the utmost precedence,” the membership continued in its assertion. “The Canucks are grateful for the continued assist of native public well being officers, the NHL and NHLPA and encourage everybody to assist stop the unfold of COVID-19 by following well being orders. COVID-19 infections are rising in BC. It is a stark reminder of how rapidly the virus can unfold and its critical impression, even amongst wholesome, younger athletes.”