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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

During Sunday’s Raptors vs. Wizards match, TPH cautions of COVID-19 exposure

TPH warns of COVID-19 exposure at the Raptors-Wizards game.

Key takeaways:

  • Toronto health officials issued a public health alert concerning a COVID-19 outbreak for the Toronto Raptors’ game against the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
  • Those at the game from 6 p.m. to the end are being asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if they appear.

Toronto health officials warned the public on Friday about a COVID-19 exposure at Sunday’s game between the Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards.

TPH has added the Scotiabank Arena game on December 5 to its list of big venues where one or more confirmed COVID-19 cases had been discovered.

Those at the game from 6 p.m. to the end are being asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if they appear.

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On Sunday, the exact number of persons who attended is unknown. For Raptors games, Scotiabank Arena has a capacity of over 19,000 people.

“I don’t believe we should have ever opened stadiums to full capacity. I don’t believe we should have done it in the first place, “Colin Furness, an epidemiologist, told CP24 on Friday evening.

“We’ll see more and more instances where big gatherings result in super spreader incidents. COVID’s method of operation is as follows. COVID flourishes in this environment. As a result, we must avoid giving it that chance.”

The exposure news came a day after Toronto Raptors President and Vice-Chairman Masai Ujiri revealed that he had contracted COVID-19.

Following an event organized by Giants of Africa, a non-profit youth basketball group he created, Ujiri disclosed he tested positive for the virus on Thursday.

Ujiri said in a statement that all COVID-19 regulations were followed, including the requirement that all attendees provide proof of vaccination.

TPH warns of COVID-19 exposure at the Raptors-Wizards game on Sunday.
TPH warns of COVID-19 exposure at the Raptors-Wizards game on Sunday. Image from iHeartRadio

“Unfortunately, we learned of positive COVID-19 testing among our guests after the gala, and despite being completely vaccinated and having received a booster shot, I too tested positive,” he stated, adding that he is now self-isolating at home.

TPH instructed guests and workers to self-isolate until December 15 and acquire a COVID-19 PCR test after health officials learned about “patients with COVID-19 who may have the Omicron variation that attended this event,” as per the letter obtained by CTV News.

Nav Bhatia, a Raptors superfan, was one of the attendees at the event. Bhatia said he is in self-isolation and will miss the Raptors’ game against the New York Knicks on Friday in a post on his verified Instagram account.

“It was a spectacular event that adhered to all protocols, but accidents do happen. I don’t have any signs or symptoms, “he penned

“Every participant has been advised to isolate by Public Health. I’m following the instructions for the sake of everyone’s safety.”

While he was disappointed to attend the game, Bhatia encouraged fans to yell “as loudly as you can for our team!!” inside Scotiabank Arena.

“I’ll be yelling and screaming from home as well!!” he added.

On Sunday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum attended the ceremony.

“They will continue to test every day for another six days under the auspices of the league’s physicians and infectious disease specialists. Masai and the others who have received positive results have Adam and Mark’s best wishes, “According to a spokeswoman for the league.

Source: CTV News

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