The Utica Comets have now postponed five games following a COVID-19 exposure during a March 10 match against the Rochester Americans.

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Some number of Utica Comets are practising. This much we know.

But whether other players have tested positive for COVID-19 since the team acknowledged at least one player had tested positive last Friday isn’t known.

It all adds up to something of a mystery surrounding the health situation of the Vancouver Canucks’ primary farm club.

The American Hockey League has now postponed a fifth Comets game since they faced the Rochester Americans on March 10. Following that game, several Americans player and a staff member tested positive for the virus, forcing the Comets into isolation mode.

The Comets have since had their games scheduled for March 12, 13, 19 and 20 postponed. A game scheduled for Wednesday is the latest postponement.

The next game on the Comets’ schedule is on Saturday.

In an email on Tuesday morning, a Comets spokesperson said they had no new information about whether there had been any further positive tests, nor did they have an answer for whether the postponement was because too many players remained quarantined.

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They were able to confirm that Comets players have skated more recently than Friday’s practice. The only time a member of the Comets has spoken publicly was after a practice Friday morning that was closed to the media, when head coach Trent Cull said the team had “done nothing wrong” and had been following all the required protocols, including keeping the team’s players socially distant from each other in the week since their exposure to Rochester’s players.

The one positive case that the Comets have acknowledged was linked to the Rochester positive cases, the Comets said last week.


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