Collectively, the cluster raised the school’s warning status of Covid-19 from green, which indicates “lower risk” to yellow, signaling a “low to moderate risk of virus transmission.”
On Tuesday, the university community reported that six members of the university’s sports team had tested positive for the virus. Over the past two days, 12 additional positive cases have been identified, CNN confirmed at the Ivy League school.
“All other members of the men’s hockey team in the New Haven area, as well as the athletics staff who worked directly with them, were instructed to quarantine and participate in the university test program, whether or not they were identified. as close contacts of infected team members, “said Stephanie Spangler, vice vice president of health and academic integrity, in a letter to the Yale community Thursday night.
Spengler told students that “hard work” is being done to track contacts to identify others who may have been in close contact with the athletes, and said that all the various sports teams and internal programs will stop personal activities for a week.
The school’s hockey field will also be closed for cleaning until Monday, October 19.
Why ice hockey rinks can provide transfer
In the report, representatives of the state health department of Florida described in detail the incident when one player infected up to 14 other people in one hockey game with screams.
Ice hockey involves vigorous physical activity with heavy breathing during the game and frequent contact between players, the researchers said in a report.
“The rink provides a place that is likely to be well-suited for COVID-19 transmission as an indoor environment where deep breathing occurs and people are in close proximity to each other,” the statement said.
“Internal space and close contact between players during a hockey game increase the risk of infecting players and create the potential for the spread of events, especially with the ongoing transmission of the COVID-19 community,” the study concludes.
“The rink provides a place that is probably well-suited for COVID-19 transmission as an indoor environment where deep breathing takes place and people are in close proximity to each other,” they said.