Overall, the cluster raised the school’s Covid-19 alert status from green, which indicates a “lower risk” to yellow, which signals a “low to moderate risk of viral transmission.”
The university community was informed on Tuesday that six members of the university’s athletic team had tested positive for the virus. In the last two days, 12 additional positive cases have been discovered, the Ivy League school confirmed to CNN.
“All other members of the men’s ice hockey team based 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’s testing program, regardless whether they have been 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 on Thursday night.
Spangler told students that “rigorous” contact tracking efforts are being made to identify other individuals who may have been in close contact with the athletes, and said all sports teams and internal programs for different professions will stop. personal activities for a week.
The school’s hockey rink will also be closed for cleaning until Monday, October 19th.
Why ice hockey rinks can allow transmission
The report details the health department in Florida detailing an incident in which one player infected up to 14 others in an ice hockey game last spring.
Ice hockey involves vigorous physical exertion with heavy breathing during the game and frequent contact between players, the researchers note in the report.
“The ice rink provides a place that is probably suitable for the transmission of COVID-19 as an indoor environment where deep breathing occurs and people are in close proximity to each other,” it said.
“Internal space and close contact between players during hockey play increase the risk of infection for players and create the potential for over-spread, especially with continued transmission of COVID-19 to the community,” the study concluded.
“The ice rink provides a place that is probably suitable for transmitting COVID-19 as an indoor environment where deep breathing occurs and people are in close proximity to each other,” they said.