The Vancouver Canucks COVID-19 outbreak is not slowing down, and the number of players and coaches testing positive now exceeds 20, TSN reported Sunday.
The Canucks have not played since March 24 and “the next five to seven days will determine the schedule,” Darren Dreger tweeted.
Additional names are also likely to be placed on the Canucks’ COVID protocol list beyond the 14 that were already on the list as of Saturday, according to ESPN.
Both outlets also reported that the players’ family members also tested positive, with symptoms in the group including vomiting, cramps and dehydration.
“The symptoms are intense,” an agent for one of the Vancouver players told ESPN. “It has knocked out a lot of guys. Some can’t even get out of bed. “
ESPN also reported that several of the Canucks’ positive cases involve “the most infectious P.1 variant of COVID-19, which was first found in Brazil.”
The NHL has postponed 45 games to Sunday due to the pandemic, and the first 37 of those involved US-based teams before the Montreal Canadiens also had four games delayed last month.
Vancouver center Adam Gaudette was pulled from practice Tuesday after a positive test result, and former Islanders defender Travis Hamonic was added to the protocol roster two days later, followed by goalie Braden Holtby and others. four on Friday and another seven on Saturday.
The league and the players union sent memos to all NHL teams emphasizing the importance of continuing to follow health and safety guidelines, including wearing masks, even for any personnel who have been fully vaccinated, and not dining at restaurants. , according to ESPN.