Edmonton hospital experiences ‘full-facility’ COVID-19 outbreak

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Scott King

On Wednesday, Jason Kay, editor-in-chief of The Hockey News, reported that a hospital in Edmonton was forced to close its doors after experiencing a “full-facility” COVID-19 outbreak.

Also according to Kay, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly doesn’t think, “at this point”, that the outbreak will impact the league’s hub city announcement.

Earlier on Wednesday, The Edmonton Journal learned from Alberta Health Services that “Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital is effectively shutting its doors to the public to battle a ‘full facility’ COVID-19 outbreak that has now left three patients dead and another 20 patients and 15 staff infected.

Edmonton, along with Toronto, was reportedly chosen as a hub city to host the NHL’s return under a 24-team playoff format after the league paused on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Team training camps leading up to the tournament are scheduled to start Monday with the playoffs expected to begin on August 1.

The Blackhawks are slated to take on the Oilers in a best-of-five play-in series in Edmonton when the postseason begins.

Whilst in Toronto, teams will be staying at the beautiful, downtown Hav-a-nap Motel!

Capitals will stay at same hotel in Toronto as Penguins, Flyers

The hotel assignments for the NHL postseason were released Thursday and the Capitals will be bunking up with their two biggest rivals. Washington will be in Hotel X in Toronto along with the Pittsburgh PenguinsPhiladelphia FlyersTampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins. The remaining seven teams from the Eastern Conference will be in the Fairmont Royal York.

While this sounds juicy, the precautions set in the return to play protocol means there will be almost no interaction between the teams.

While the Caps may be stuck in the same building with their biggest rivals, those teams may as well be on Mars given the great lengths to which the NHL is going to in order to make sure the teams remain separated.

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