Vees team tests negative after one player contracts COVID-19

Vees team tests negative

After a player on the Penticton Vees team tested positive for COVID-19,  all close contacts of the player, including Vees players and staff, have been tested for the virus. The team released a statement on Friday that the tests have all come back negative. 

Those in close contact will remain in quarantine until early next week even with the negative test results, completing their 14 days. 

“I am very pleased with the professional approach our players, and of course our medical staff, took to ensure the situation would stay isolated,” Fred Harbinson, the Vees president, general manager and head coach said. 

“I also want to take the time to thank our billets for all their support during these difficult times.” 

The Vees player who tested positive is the second BCHL player to have tested positive for COVID-19 this season. One member of the Surrey Eagles contracted the virus in October. Both situations were limited to one isolated case on the team and an outbreak was avoided. 

“We are happy to hear the news today that the rest of the Vees organization and their billet families have all tested negative for COVID-19,” Chris Hebb, BCHL commissioner said. 

“The goal of our COVID-19 Safety Plan is to do everything we can to avoid a positive test on one of our teams, but the reality is that these situations are inevitable given the current numbers in the province. The two cases we’ve had have both been limited to one isolated positive test and that is because our teams have followed the protocols in place and they have proven to be effective.” 

A revised BCHL regular-season schedule has not been released yet.

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