Tri-City Americans cleared by WHL after bout of COVID-19
PASCO, Wash. — The Tri-City Americans hockey team is cleared to resume team activities, the Western Hockey League (WHL) announced on Tuesday morning. After a COVID-19 outbreak forced the team into quarantine, all players returned a negative COVID-19 test this week, clearing protocols so they can resume play.
On Friday, April 16, the Tri-City Americans returned their first positive coronavirus test, sending shockwaves throughout the team. From that moment, the Americans entered a league-mandated quarantining period and received subsequent testing to confirm the team’s health and safety.
League officials say that one team cohort tested positive for COVID-19 during the isolation period, which is a mandated 10 days, per the Washington State Department of Health.
After 10 days of isolation, the Americans held their first practice on Monday night. Their next game is at 6:10 p.m. on Wednesday night. They are heading north to visit the Spokane Chiefs.
Regular season games are not being rescheduled, according to league officials. As a result, the Americans will play fewer games this season than its competition (barring additional COVID-19 outbreaks on other teams). After accounting for the games lost to COVID-19, the Tri-City Americans will finish their season having played 19 games, which is fewer than each WHL competitor.
At 5-7, the Tri-City Americans currently stand as the third-ranked team in the WHL Western Conference Wild Card race. Up to this point in the season, center Samuel Huo leads the team with seven goals and 13 total points.
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