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WHL announces COVID case within Kelowna Rockets; team activities suspended

A positive COVID-19 test for a Kelowna Rockets "hockey staff member" on the team cohort has put a temporary halt to the season, the Western Hockey League announced Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
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March 30, 2021 - 10:46 AM

A positive COVID-19 test for a Kelowna Rockets "hockey staff member" on the team cohort has put a temporary halt to the season, the Western Hockey League announced today, March 30.

No players within the team cohort have tested positive at this time, the WHL is working in consultation with B.C. Health Authorities on this matter.

As a result of the suspension of activities for the Kelowna Rockets, Game NO. 177, which was scheduled for Tuesday, March 30 against the Kamloops Blazers, has been postponed.

The WHL or Kelowna Rockets say they will not be providing any further comment at this time. Pending determination of close contacts and further test results, the WHL will provide further information.

This is the second time the Western Hockey League announced positive COVID-19 tests within the Kelowna Rockets network. The first issue was March 18, and came during the initial return to play testing phase.

Therefore the person who tested positive was required to isolate away from the team cohort and follow directions from the regional public health authority.  Also, another member of the Kelowna Rockets cohort is considered a close contact of the individual tested positive. As a result, both individuals have entered into self-isolation and will follow all regional public health guidelines.

As part of the league's COVID-19 protocols, a news release March 9 said "enhanced screening" will be carried out daily on all players, their billets, team staff and officials, and will include regular temperature screenings and symptom monitoring.


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