The Vancouver Canucks verify a variant of the COVID-19 virus is chargeable for the outbreak that has ravaged the workforce.
“As of right this moment, 25 people have examined constructive and the supply an infection is confirmed a variant — full genome sequencing by [B.C. Centre for Disease Control] can be required to find out which particular sort,” reads the assertion from the workforce.
To this point, 21 gamers and 4 employees members have examined constructive for COVID-19. A further participant is taken into account an in depth contact.
Earlier, the chief medical well being officer for Vancouver Coastal Well being advised CBC Information that officers had traced how the virus first gained a foothold within the workforce.
“The cluster on the Vancouver Canucks … we do know the way the virus entered that group,” stated Dr. Patricia Daly. “We do not present particulars of any instances.”
The Canucks assertion stated the supply is “a single particular person obtained in a group setting, which has since been recognized by public well being as a public publicity location.”
“Fast unfold of an infection all through the workforce signifies a hyperlink between contacts and the first case.”
Ahead Adam Gaudette was the primary member of the workforce to check constructive for COVID-19 and was pulled off the ice mid-practice on March 30.
Defenceman Travis Hamonic adopted the subsequent day and the NHL postponed the Canucks sport towards the Calgary Flames that night.
5 extra video games have since been postponed because the virus unfold amongst gamers and employees.
With the workforce having performed simply 37 of 56 common season video games, it is unclear what the rest of the season will convey.
An NHL spokesperson stated “a 56-game season remains to be the main target” but when crucial, the league has some flexibility on scheduling the opening of playoffs.”
The extended layoff whereas battling the virus might be one other blow to Vancouver’s already precarious playoff hopes.
Heading into Wednesday night time, the Canucks (16-18-3) trailed Montreal by eight factors for the ultimate playoff spot.
“The well being and security of gamers, employees, households and the larger group stays the utmost precedence,” stated the Canucks.
“This can be a stark reminder of how shortly the virus can unfold and its severe affect, even amongst wholesome, younger athletes.
All employees and gamers stay in quarantine, in accordance with the workforce.