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Kelowna Rockets’ activities suspended for 14 days following 6 positive COVID-19 tests: WHL

All Kelowna Rockets' activities have been suspended by the WHL for 6 positive COVID-19 tests. Global News

The Western Hockey league announced Wednesday afternoon that all activities for the Kelowna Rockets will be shut down for a minimum of 14 days though April 14, 2021.

News of the suspension follows the league’s reports that two staff members, along with four players, tested positive for COVID-19.

“The six positive test results received today follow one positive test result for COVID-19, which was received on Tuesday, March 30,” wrote WHL staff in a release. 

“All other test results from the other participating team cohorts in the RE/MAX Hub Centres came back negative.”

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In accordance with the WHL’s Return to Play Protocol, the WGL issued instructions to the Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday.

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The team has taken the following actions:

  • Players and hockey staff were immediately isolated and tested;
  • B.C. Health Officials have been contacted by the WHL;
  • All close contacts have been instructed to self-quarantine and monitor symptoms for 14 days;
  • The Kelowna Rockets will be assisting B.C. Health Officials with contact tracing.

The WHL said it is working in consultation with Interior Health on the matter.

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As a result of the suspension of activities for the Kelowna Rockets, the following WHL regular season games have been postponed:

  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021 – Kamloops at Kelowna
  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021 – Vancouver at Prince George
  • Friday, April 2, 2021 – Kelowna at Prince George
  • Saturday, April 3, 2021 – Kelowna at Victoria
  • Monday, April 5, 2021 – Vancouver at Kelowna
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – Kelowna at Kamloops
  • Saturday, April 10, 2021 – Prince George at Kelowna
  • Monday, April 12, 2021 – Victoria at Kelowna
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – Kelowna at Vancouver
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 – Kamloops at Kelowna

The WHL and the Kelowna Rockets said they will not be offering any further comments at this time.

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