Palmer Rapids broomball tournaments ends with COVID-19 case

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A person who participated in the year-end play-off tournament in the Palmer Rapids Broomball league on March 15 in the Palmer Rapids arena has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. 

It featured the four teams that had competed in the league throughout the season. With players, fans and volunteers in the building, approximately 100 people were gathered at the arena.

An individual from out of town who played in the tournament has fallen ill, and was tested for Covid-19 on Friday, March 27. The test was confirmed positive on Saturday, March 28.  

“The good news is that this occurred more than two weeks ago, so the immediate and most important time to self-monitor has passed,” Dr. Robert Cushman of the Renfrew County District Health Unit said.

However, it is extremely important that anyone who was at the arena, or in contact with someone who played in the tournament, who is exhibiting cold or flu like symptoms, is advised to self-isolate for 14 days from the onset of symptoms, he said

Anyone who is sick and requires further assessment should telephone your family doctor first or the Virtual Triage & Assessment Centre (VTAC) at 1-844-727-6404 if you can’t reach your own, or don’t have a family physician.

Dr. Cushman said there is a lesson to be learned from this incident, namely that physical distancing is the best weapon in the war against COVID-19. It should be noted that social events now contravene Ontario’s emergency measures. 

The limitations on the size of any group changes from day to day and should be limited at home to the number of people under one roof. Stores and worksites may provide essential services to small numbers of customers all the while paying strict attention to 2 metre physical distancing.