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Positive COVID-19 tests reported after B.C. Curling Championships in Kamloops

Multiple people who attended the B.C. Curling Championships at the Kamloops Curling Club earlier this month have contracted COVID-19.
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Multiple people who attended the B.C. Curling Championships at the Kamloops Curling Club earlier this month have contracted COVID-19.

“We’re still trying to figure out just how many because not everyone has been tested yet and we haven’t heard back from everyone who was there,” said Doug Sarti, communications and marketing manager for Curl BC.

“Anyone who was there should be on the lookout for symptoms and please let us know at Curl BC if they come down with anything.”

Curl BC can be contacted by phone at 1-800-667-CURL or by email at dsarti@curlbc.ca.

The event, which wrapped up on Sunday, Jan. 9, was not open to spectators.

Sarti said an abundance of caution was taken, with safety protocols for the staff, athletes, volunteers and media in attendance.

Masks were required and a full-vaccination policy was in place, along with physical-distancing measures.

There was a zone system designed to keep players, volunteers and media separate.

Reduced occupancy limits were in place on the ice and in the club, one-way travel routes were set up and curlers were asked to sequester in hotels while not playing.

Sarti told KTW one of the players first reported to Curl BC they tested positive for COVID-19 after the event.

Nobody exhibited symptoms during the event, Sarti said.

“Our concern is for the teams, volunteers and officials,” Sarti said. “We want to make sure we get through this with everybody being as well as possible.”

KTW has contacted Interior Health to ask if the health authority has information on the number of cases.