The Vancouver Canucks added two more players to the COVID-19 protocol list Sunday, which brings their team total up to 16. League sources said that some individuals are symptomatic, and a few individuals have received IV treatments for severe dehydration. According to the outlets, at least three Canucks coaches have tested positive for COVID-19 as well. The more infectious P.1 variant of COVID-19, which was first discovered in Brazil, has been found among some of the cases impacting the Canucks.
Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement Sunday, “On behalf of our entire team, I want to thank fans everywhere for their support this past week. Our players, coaches and their families are grateful for the messages and we all hope for a return to full health as soon as possible. Our focus continues to be on the health of everyone involved and we are thankful for the extraordinary health care and guidance we have received from our team’s medical staff, BC’s health officials, and from NHL and NHLPA medical experts.”
The NHL planned to close the Canucks’ practice facility until at least Tuesday, with the team returning to competition Thursday. Now those targeted dates are expected to be pushed back due to the severity of the outbreak among the club.
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