COVID-19 outbreak in Alaska linked to hockey tournament

COVID-19 outbreak in Alaska linked to hockey tournament
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An outbreak of coronavirus cases in Alaska has been linked to a hockey tournament in Anchorage, according to the municipality's health officials. 

"We identified teams that had positive cases and contact with persons that tested positive for the virus. All teams that have participated in the tournament have been quarantined since Tuesday, October 6th and have been advised to get tested for the virus," the Anchorage Hockey Association said in a statement posted on its website Friday.

"On Tuesday, October 6th, the Anchorage Hockey Association was notified of positive asymptomatic COVID cases that participated in or were associated with the tournament. AHA immediately notified all persons associated with the tournament about the possible spread of the virus."


The tournament, called the Termination Dust Invitational, was held in early October for three days and hosted more than 300 players, coaches and spectators, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

The tournament was hosted at two local arenas, with teams coming from multiple places in the state including Anchorage, Eagle River, Chugiak, Palmer, Kenai, Soldotna, Fairbanks and Juneau, according to the news outlet. 

The tournament organizers said that they learned of the first positive case of COVID-19 on Monday. 

Ann Culley, the COVID-19 spokesperson for the association, in a Facebook post called on Alaska hockey families to abide by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines such as wearing a mask, social distancing and alerting the association if they test positive for contact tracing.  

Anchorage Public Health Director Heather Harris told CNN the city is currently in the process of contact tracing in relation to the event. 

The association said it has ceased all team activity until further notice and is working with public health officials.