Monroe County health officials withdrawing permission for youth ice hockey following outbreak

Updated: April 05, 2021 05:21 PM
Created: April 05, 2021 03:59 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County health officials are withdrawing permission for youth ice hockey and suspending all types of play, including games, competitions, tournaments, scrimmages and competitive practice after an outbreak.

Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Michael Mendoza made the announcement Monday.

Mendoza is also urging anyone who was at the Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28, including in connection with a youth ice hockey tournament those days, to immediately self-quarantine and contact the Monroe County COVID-19 Hotline at 585-753-5555 as soon as possible.

"In Monroe County, we are seeing a substantial and growing number of COVID-19 cases related to ice hockey, more so than other higher-risk sports,” Dr. Mendoza said.

Mendoza says as of Monday, 27 people in Monroe County who were at the iceplex for the tournament have tested positive for COVID-19 and other counties have seen cases related to the tournament as well.

The decision goes into effect on Tuesday, April 6 until further notice.

Individual or distanced group training and organized no or low-contact group training is allowed to continue.

The Monroe County Department of Public Health says it will reevaluate the decision in two weeks, or sooner if appropriate. 

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