FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Truro, N.S. (March 24, 2021) – The Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) has been informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a member of the Summerside Western Capitals. The team member tested positive during regular, routine testing on Monday.
Summerside has been following the strict work isolation protocol set out by Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer and continue to work closely with Public Health officials. The Western Capitals, who are tested at least twice per week, are also following the guidelines set out in the MHL’s Return to Play plan. This plan was developed and approved by all three provincial governments in the Maritimes. To protect the privacy of our players and team personnel, details including names will not be released.
Summerside played South Shore on Thursday, March 18th. The testing for the Western Capitals and the entry testing for South Shore both came back negative. Summerside also played in Amherst on Friday, March 19th. The MHL’s Chief Medical Officer has recommended that the Ramblers undergo COVID-19 testing.
As a result of the need for players and team staff in Summerside to isolate for a two-week period, the following games will be postponed:
- March 23rd – Summerside at Truro
- March 25th – Pictou at Summerside
- March 26th – Amherst at Summerside
- March 31st – Amherst at Summerside
- April 1st – Valley at Summerside
- April 3rd – Truro at Summerside
An announcement will be made when these games are rescheduled, as well as further postponements should they be needed.
The MHL will release more information regarding the positive test if, and when, it is necessary. The league remains committed to ensuring the safety of players, fans, and team staff through the COVID-19 pandemic and working with provincial health officials and other stakeholders moving forward.
Summerside Western Capitals
Director of Communications
Maritime Hockey League