Health department continues to urge attendees of Oshawa basketball tournament to get tested as outbreak grows

Alonzo Osche

There are now 25 COVID-19 cases linked to an outbreak at an Oshawa basketball tournament.

The Durham Region Health Department is still investigating and gathering information.

In the meantime, they’re urging the up to 7,000 people who were at the tournament at the Playground Global facility between August 3 and 8 to get tested right away.

A new statement from the region’s top doctor Robert Kyle is below:

The Health Department is currently investigating a COVID-19 outbreak that is connected to the 43rd Annual Jane and Finch Classic basketball tournament, held at the Playground Global facility at 1313 Boundary Road, Oshawa, from August 3 to 8. This is an active investigation and the Health Department is in the process of gathering information.

There were potentially 7,000 people who attended this event over the five days. We have currently identified 25 cases linked to this outbreak: 16 cases from Quebec and nine in Ontario. Of the Ontario cases, two cases are residents of Durham Region. I urge anyone who attended the event to get tested as soon as possible.

Organizers of events are reminded that COVID-19 continues to spread in our community, and we must all work together to help keep each other healthy. To protect all attendees and staff at events, organizers must comply with public health measures, restrictions and capacity limits as communicated by the Province in Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

Local residents who attended the 43rd Annual Jane and Finch Classic basketball tournament can make an appointment to get tested for COVID-19 by visiting http://covidswab.lh.ca or calling the Health Department’s Durham Health Connection Line at 905-668-2020 or 1-800-841-2729. For more information about Durham Region Health Department’s COVID-19 response or current case monitoring, please visit www.durham.ca/novelcoronavirus or www.durham.ca/covidcases.

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