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Mount Royal Cougars hockey team faces COVID-19 outbreak with 18 cases

The Mount Royal Cougars hockey team is isolating after 18 members tested positive for COVID.

Number includes coaching staff and players on the men's squad

The university says this is the first instance of the illness spreading within the MRU campus community. (Google)

Members of the Mount Royal University Cougars hockey team are in isolation as 18 have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the university's communications department.

The number of cases includes coaching staff and the players.

In an emailed release Monday, MRU said the entire team stopped training when one teammate began feeling symptomatic. 

The university said it did its own contact tracing and let people know if they may have come in contact with members of the team. 

MRU said this is the first known instance of community spread at the university. 

The team had been training while following safety measures, according to MRU.

The Cougars' exhibition games against World Juniors prospects, set for next weekend, had already been cancelled last week by Hockey Canada due to the pandemic. 

With new provincial restrictions announced last week, no varsity programs at MRU will be training until next year.

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