The COVID-19 outbreak that has kept the Vancouver Canucks out of action since the March 24 loss to the Winnipeg Jets continues to worsen.

About 24 hours after The Athletic reported that at least 17 players from Vancouver had tested positive for the coronavirus, the Canucks confirmed that 18 active players, three taxi team players and four staff members tested positive for a variant of the virus. Another player is currently listed as high risk close contact.

“An ongoing investigation by Vancouver Coastal Health and club contact tracing staff attributes the source infection to a single person obtained in a community setting, who has since been identified by public health as a public display location. “, added the club. “The rapid spread of infection throughout the team indicates a link between the contacts and the primary case.”

Vancouver has had six games postponed so far during the outbreak, threatening the club’s ability to complete the scheduled 56-game regular season. According to I am Kuzma province, at least two more matches will likely be abandoned.

The NHL has already postponed the final day of the regular season from May 8 to 11 at the earliest. Neither Vancouver nor the league have announced a tentative return date for the Canucks.

“The health and safety of players, staff, families and the community at large remain the top priority,” the club continued in its statement. “The Canucks appreciate the continued support of local public health officials, the NHL and the NHLPA and encourage everyone to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following health orders. how quickly the virus can spread and its serious consequences, even among healthy young athletes.