20 COVID-19 circumstances associated to the Oshawa basketball match, which was attended by as much as 7,000 folks

A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at an annual interregional sports tournament in Oshawa that drew thousands of people after 20 people tested positive for the virus to date.

A statement released Tuesday by the Durham Area Department of Health said the cases were related to the Jane and Finch Classic basketball tournament held at the Playground Global facility on Boundary Road between August 3rd and 8th.

Officials said up to 7,000 people could have been in attendance for the duration of the tournament, adding that they are having difficulty contacting everyone at the event.

In a statement from Toronto Public Health, staff said three cases of the event are Toronto-related and that they are in contact with those who tested positive.

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Other instances of the event are related to people living in Quebec and the Peel and Durham regions.

Dr. Durham area health officer Robert Kyle told Global News in an interview that he was disappointed with the lack of compliance with capacity limits.

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“We have to mask inside. We have to respect the collection limits and none of that seemed to have happened, ”he said.

Clayton Thomas, the tournament organizer, told Global News he was “shocked” when he first heard of the cases, adding that they followed COVID-19 logs and kept contact information.

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“We followed, masked and disinfected all Covid procedures. Our numbers were pretty low. We stuck to the 50 percent capacity numbers, ”he said.

“You don’t know who is vaccinated, who isn’t vaccinated, you don’t know who is symptomatic.”

Thomas went on to test negative for COVID-19 three times, but like public health officials, he encouraged anyone not tested to do so.

– With files from Frazer Snowdon

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