Youth ice hockey suspended in Monroe County after COVID-19 outbreak at tournament

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Youth ice hockey has been suspended in Monroe County, due to a COVID-19 outbreak among players, coaches, and fans.

According to The Monroe County Department of Public Health, 27 people who were at the Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex for a tournament on March 27 and 28 tested positive for COVID-19. Health officials say other counties are also reporting positive cases linked to the tournament.

About 240 players, coaches and spectators were at the tournament throughout the weekend. The health department asks all those people to self-quarantine immediately, and call the Monroe County COVID-19 Hotline at 585-753-5555 as soon as possible.

“As per New York State guidance, higher risk sports competitions may occur only as permitted by local health authorities,” said Monroe County Director of Public Health, Dr. Michael Mendoza. “In Monroe County, we are seeing a substantial and growing number of COVID-19 cases related to ice hockey, more so than other higher risk sports.”

The Monroe County Department of Public Health will no longer allow K-12 public and private school youth hockey games, competitions, tournaments, scrimmages and competitive practice.

Group training may continue under certain restrictions. That includes camps or clinics along with private instructions. Essentially, only the team activities have been paused.

The changes go into effect Tuesday, April 6. According to the release from the County, the restrictions will be reevaluated in “two weeks or sooner”. However, some tournaments for next weekend have already been canceled.

This pause does not affect the Amerks or any high school sports. The Section Five hockey season ended weeks ago. The youth season is generally in a bit of a lull this time of year, making the interruption somewhat less intrusive.

Still, the previous issues Covid caused for youth hockey has left the sport in a bit of a scramble all season. The most immediate danger is to the state tournament hopes for local travel teams.

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