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The Vancouver Canucks COVID-19 outbreak is a "cautionary story": Dr. Bonnie Henry – Alaska Freeway Information

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VANCOUVER – BC provincial health officer says the COVID-19 outbreak sweeping the Vancouver Canucks is a "cautionary story". DR.

VANCOUVER – BC provincial health officer says the COVID-19 outbreak sweeping the Vancouver Canucks is a "cautionary story".

Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters Tuesday that what happened to the team is a reminder that the virus "spreads very, very easily".

"It just tells us that once this virus sets in, it can spread very quickly despite routine testing protocols and protocols trying to protect people as best they can," she said.

Right winger Jake Virtanen was the last Canuck to be put on the NHL's COVID log list on Tuesday. Eighteen of the 22 players on the team's active roster are currently on the list.

Vancouver Coastal Health officials have worked with the team to ensure players and their families are tested and are receiving the health care they need, Henry added.

She also denied multiple reports that the Canucks outbreak was related to the P. 1 variant first identified in Brazil.

"I am not aware of any of the cases in the Canucks organization related to p. 1," she said. "I don't know where that started, but not that I know."

The Canucks and the NHL have not publicly commented on the test results since coach Travis Green confirmed the first case last week.

Vancouver forward Adam Gaudette was the first to test positive during the outbreak and was pulled off the ice in the middle of training on March 30 after the result returned.

The NHL postponed four Canucks games the following evening when defenseman Travis Hamonic and a member of the coaching staff were added to the list.

Two more games are now listed as postponed on the Canucks website, and it is unclear when Vancouver will return to the ice. A total of six games were postponed.

Vancouver strikers Travis Boyd, Jalen Chatfield, Jayce Hawryluk, Nils Hoglander, Bo Horvat, Zack MacEwen, Marc Michaelis, Tyler Motte, Antoine Roussel and Brandon Sutter, defenders Alex Edler, Quinn Hughes and Tyler Myers and goalkeepers Thatcher Demko and Braden Holtby have all joined the list for the past week.

A player on the COVID-19 log list has not necessarily tested positive. Players who find themselves in self-isolation after traveling or who have been in close contact with someone who, for example, tested positive are also on the list.

The list does not include any team members or players who are not on the active roster, including those in the taxi squad.

The league's protocols require that players and staff be tested daily. Every time a person's first test is positive, the laboratory will run a second test on the first sample.

If the second test is negative, a second sample is taken. However, if this sample gives a positive result, it is considered "confirmed positive".

The Canucks eruption takes place amid an increase in cases across BC. The province recorded 1,068 new cases on Tuesday.

This Canadian press report was first published on April 6, 2021.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, the Canadian press

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