Canucks Sports & Entertainment announced on Sunday that one of its staff members has tested positive for COVID-19.
Few details are available, but the Canucks said that the individual was a member of its “full-time office staff.” They reportedly were not in contact with fans or players either.
Crazy how fast things are unfolding. A member of CSE office staff has tested positive for COVID-19. We are in close contact with health authorities, all protocols are being followed. CSE offices are separate from Rogers Arena and no event staff has had contact. Stay safe! https://t.co/18UlE9lrag
— Francesco Aquilini (@fr_aquilini) March 16, 2020
“The individual does not have a fan-facing role and is not in contact with the players, hockey operations personnel, or Rogers Arena part-time events staff,” Trent Caroll, COO of Canucks Sports & Entertainment, said in a statement. “Therefore the Public Health Authority has confirmed the public risk of exposure is low.”
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Caroll adds that the diagnosed individual is “receiving care, observing 14-day self-quarantine guidelines, and is feeling better.”
Those who were in contact with the person have been notified and are self-quarantining as a precautionary measure. Canucks Sports & Entertainment says that their offices are also closed on Monday, with employees preparing to work remotely if possible.
Last Friday, the Vancouver Canucks announced that they would have a program in place for part-time arena workers who “require support” during the coronavirus pandemic. Carroll says that the program will be based on individual need and that it will be available to “any part-time employee who requires support.”
British Columbia health officials announced nine new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total amount of confirmed cases in the province to 73.
With coronavirus on the rise, BC public health authorities are reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.