File photo of Fernie Ghostriders logo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

File photo of Fernie Ghostriders logo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Ghostriders members test positive for COVID

Players with the Ghostriders and three other teams have tested positive, forcing the postponement of three games

Two Ghostriders games have been postponed as members on the team have tested positive for COVID-19.

The postponements are for the games on Jan. 7 against the Grand Forks Border Bruins and Jan. 8 against the Columbia Valley Rockies.

Games involving the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, Castlegar Rebels, and Kelowna Chiefs have also been postponed due to COVID-19 cases.

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“We have had a number of members test positive or show symptoms and are awaiting results of tests due to close contact with someone testing positive,” said Ghostriders’ head coach Ty Valin.

Team members started to fall ill on New Year’s Eve, he said.

“Members have had a variety of symptoms but everyone seems to be doing ok so far. We hope that everyone continues on the right track back to being healthy.”

“We will continue to follow the provincial and league guidelines and hope this mini pause is only for a few days. The virus spreads at a very rapid pace and we are fortunate to have caught it as quickly as we did. At this time we are hoping that this week-long pause will rid the virus from our group and we can have a safe and healthy return next week.”

Valin said that, at this point, they do not know if more games will be postponed. They will continue to work with the KIJHL to have a safe return, he said.

“The health and safety of the players, staff, billers, volunteers and community are our main priority.”

The postponed games will be rescheduled down the road, Valin said.

COVID-19 has spread through many of the teams in the league, with nine players from the Kelowna Chiefs, eight-10 players from the Castlegar Rebels and six players from the Beaver Valley Nighthawks testing positive and going into isolation.


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