Health officials in Durham Region are urging people who attended a recent basketball tournament to get tested for COVID-19 after several cases were linked to the event.
In a release, Durham Regional Health Department said up to 7,000 people attended the 43rd Annual Jane and Finch Classic basketball tournament, held at the Playground Global facility at 1313 Boundary Road from Aug. 3 to 8.
“The Health Department has been notified of multiple cases of COVID-19 associated with this event and is having difficulty reaching all players and spectators,” the health department said in a release.
“The teams and attendees are from all over Ontario and other provinces.”
The tournament has already been linked to more than 20 positive cases of COVID-19, and an outbreak has officially been declared in connection to the event.
“Cases from Quebec, Peel, Toronto, and Durham have been identified. If you attended this event, you are urged to get tested immediately.”
One of the event’s organizers, Clayton Thomas, said no mandatory vaccine policy was in effect for the tournament, but he maintains strict protocols were in place.
“We used a scanner to monitor your temperature when you walked in. You were provided masks if you didn’t have a mask. You were reminded to wear your mask. We wiped all the bleachers and the seats for every game. We were really strict with following the COVID procedures,” he told CityNews on Monday.
“I apologize for what has happened but I have no regrets because I feel the teams and kids need a mental health outlet, and a lot of them have been suffering … and basketball is one of those forms or engagement and I’m happy to provide that opportunity.”