Get “examined immediately,” stated individuals who participated in basketball tournaments on the Oshawa gymnasium in August

The Durham Area Department of Health is urging people who have participated in two other Oshawa basketball tournaments to get tested for COVID-19.

Last week the health department called on anyone participating in a tournament at the Playground Global facility, 1313 Boundary Road. in Oshawa, between August 3rd and 8th, to get tested after more than 20 people reported testing positive for COVID-19.

People who attended tournaments at the same facility between August 13th and 15th and between August 20th and 23rd are now encouraged to be tested.

The health department has been notified of three cases of COVID-19 related to the Canadian Youth Basketball League (CYBL) tournament that began Aug. 13, and the cases have come from Durham and Peel. In this case, people are urged to get tested if they have currently or recently had symptoms of COVID-19.

“We are using the media to contact anyone who may have participated in the CYBL tournament,” said Dr. Durham area health officer Robert Kyle in a statement. “As the event took place more than 14 days ago, it is very important that people who have participated in this tournament are tested to see whether they have had COVID-19 symptoms since attending the event or are currently experiencing them.”

Another four cases are related to the Last 1 Standing tournament, which began on August 20th. These cases are from York, Toronto, Simcoe Muskoka, and Durham.

“Given the most recent timing, people who have participated have this tournament should be tested immediately, ”said Kyle.

Gatherings for sports tournaments are permitted under the Ontario Reopening Act as long as the organizers follow public health measures, including a safety plan for the establishment and ensuring active screening, contact tracing, physical distancing, mask use and capacity limits, and the following: other regulations of the Law.

The Durham Area Department of Health is actively investigating the tournaments at Playground Global.

“The health department has suspended all upcoming tournaments until further notice,” said a spokesman for the ministry in a statement. “The health department is working with the facility’s operators and organizers to ensure plans for future tournaments are reviewed and approved by health department staff.”

To get tested for COVID-19 in Durham, visit http://covidswab.lh.ca or call 905-668-2020 or 1-800-841-2729.

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