Cases of COVID-19 infection continue to climb under the roof of the Sports Rousseau Center of Excellence in Boisbriand (CESR). After the 18 cases declared positive in the organization of the Armada of Blainville-Boisbriand, now other players in the hockey community have also contracted the virus.
According to information obtained by The newspaper, coaches from the Joël Bouchard Hockey Academy and employees of the amphitheater have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 since the outbreak in the environment of the Armada.
Laurentian Public Health has confirmed that it has started an epidemiological investigation at CESR. “This place is indeed a hotbed of the COVID-19 outbreak. The investigation is ongoing. We are at the beginning. We are looking for people who have had low, medium and high risk contact. We make recommendations according to the type of contact, ”said Julie Lemieux-Côté, from the Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) des Laurentides. She could not determine the total number of cases related to the activities of the amphitheater.
With its six ice creams, a shop, a restaurant, a hockey academy, adult leagues as well as a gymnasium and a physiotherapy clinic on the second floor, the CESR was full of activities until the suspension of team sports in red zone and the closing of gymnasiums on October 8.
The outbreak of 18 positive cases, including 16 asymptomatic, at the Armada complicated things from the first week of October, when the club suspended its activities. The situation caused a domino effect.
Although contact was limited, but present, and sanitary measures strict, the virus spread between the walls of the amphitheater. Academy coaches are involved in the technical development of the Armada players and are also active in teaching school sports programs in the region.
“It’s unfortunate that this virus has entered the Academy. We had very strict standards in place. It is not a question of finding the culprits, but of being transparent and finding solutions. We are working with Public Health, ”said Martin Brochu, manager of the Joël Bouchard Hockey Academy. Its coaches are equipped with masks, visors and must respect physical distancing.
“This fall, we weren’t even letting the parents in,” he added. We have done everything and even more to avoid positive cases. When we resume, we will further tighten our standards. ”
Although the owner of the amphitheater, the City of Blainville did not respond to questions from Newspaper about the situation and the measures to be taken when resuming sports activities.
In the two markets of the QMJHL affected by an outbreak, namely Sherbrooke (11 cases) and Boisbriand (18 cases), and which involve no less than fifty foster families, the QMJHL says it is not able to ” certify the number of tests carried out in each of the markets ”and therefore refer to regional statistics on the positive results.
“We know that all foster families who had a positive case were tested. Other people linked to the outbreaks also underwent the test on a voluntary basis, explained the director of communications of the QMJHL, Maxime Blouin. They were not required to share the test result with us. “
We remind you that the league suspended its activities in Quebec until October 28.