WHL announces positive COVID-19 test within Rockets cohort

The Western Hockey League announced in a prepared statement on Thursday night that a positive COVID-19 test had occurred with the Kelowna Rockets team cohort.

The positive test, which is the first to be recorded in the league since play resumed on Feb. 26, was discovered during the initial return to play testing phase.

The individual that tested positive is required to stay away from the team and follow directions from the regional public health authority.

“One other member of the Kelowna Rockets cohort is considered a close contact of the individual who has tested positive,” the league said.

“As a result, both individuals have entered into self-isolation and will follow all regional public health guidelines.”

The WHL also said that since the test result was discovered during the initial return to play testing phase and prior to the Rockets starting team activities, the other members of the team that are in the cohort are permitted to continue on their original return to play timeline and that no games involving the team are currently required to be rescheduled.

The Rockets are slated to start their 2020-21 campaign next Friday night against the Victoria Royals at Prospera Place in Kelowna.