BREAKING: Western Capital tests postive for COVID-19 | Local-Sports | Sports


The Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) announced a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a member of the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals in a media release issued Wednesday morning.

The media release said the team member tested positive during regular, routine testing on Monday.

Summerside has been following the strict work-isolation protocol set out by Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer and continues to work closely with Public Health officials.

The Western Capitals, who are tested at least twice per week, are also following the guidelines set out in the MHL’s Return to Play plan. This plan was developed and approved by all three provincial governments in the Maritimes.

To protect the privacy of the players and team personnel, details, including names, will not be released.

Summerside hosted the South Shore Lumberjacks on Thursday, March 18. The testing for the Western Capitals and the entry testing for South Shore both came back negative. Summerside also played in Amherst on Friday, March 19.

The MHL’s Chief Medical Officer has recommended that the Ramblers undergo COVID-19 testing.

As a result of the need for players and team staff in Summerside to isolate for two weeks, the following games will be postponed:

March 23 – Summerside at Truro.

March 25 – Pictou at Summerside.

March 26 – Amherst at Summerside.

March 31 – Amherst at Summerside.

April 1 Valley at Summerside.

April 3 – Truro at Summerside.

An announcement on the rescheduling of these games will be made later, as well as further postponements should they be needed.

The MHL will release more information regarding the positive test if and when it is necessary. The league remains committed to ensuring the safety of players, fans, and team staff through the COVID-19 pandemic and working with provincial health officials and other stakeholders moving forward.

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