Seven days after shutting down operations due to COVID-19 spreading within their team, the Vancouver Canucks have issued a statement detailing the cause of the outbreak.

In a media release co-signed by team physician Dr. Jim Bovard and infectious disease physician Dr. Josh Douglas, the Canucks confirmed that 25 members of the team have tested positive for COVID-19.

The source infection is confirmed to be a variant, according to the doctors, with the specific type to be determined after full genome sequencing by BCCDC.

“An ongoing investigation by Vancouver Coastal Health and club contact tracing staff attributes the source infection to a single individual obtained in a community setting, which has since been identified by public health as a public exposure location,” the team said in a media release. “Rapid spread of infection throughout the team indicates a link between contacts and the primary case.”

Among the positive cases, 21 are players (including three members of the taxi squad) and four are staff members. An additional player is considered a close contact.

“The health and safety of players, staff, families and the greater community remains the utmost priority. The Canucks are grateful for the continued support of local public health officials, the NHL and NHLPA and encourage everyone to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following health orders. COVID-19 infections are rising in BC. This is a stark reminder of how quickly the virus can spread and its serious impact, even among healthy, young athletes.”

More to come…

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