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 at least 17 Vancouver players have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Canucks confirmed that 18 energetic gamers, three gamers from the taxi squad and 4 workers 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 workers 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. “Speedy unfold of an infection all through the workforce signifies a hyperlink between contacts and the first case.”
Up to now, Vancouver has had six contests postponed in the course of the outbreak that’s threatening the membership’s capability to finish the scheduled 56-game common season. In keeping with Ben Kuzma of The Province, at the least two extra matchups are more likely to be scrapped.
The NHL has already pushed the ultimate day of the common season again from Might 8 to Might 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, workers, households and the better neighborhood stays the utmost precedence,” the membership continued in its assertion. “The Canucks are grateful for the continued help 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. This can be a stark reminder of how rapidly the virus can unfold and its severe affect, even amongst wholesome, younger athletes.”