Omicron COVID-19 Variant Suspected To Have Infected 9 Waterloo Sports Teams | The Canadian News

Waterloo Public Health says there have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 of the Omicron variant in the region connected to nine teams in the area, with more expected.

Over the weekend, the agency announced that there were suspicious cases involving a pair of hockey teams that were suspected of being of the Omicron variant. The teams had recently traveled to Ajax, Markham and London.

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On Monday, Waterloo Public Health said there were now nine baseball or hockey teams with 14 suspected or confirmed Omicron cases.

The agency also said there are more than 500 high-risk contacts associated with the cases and groups of these sports teams.

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“In suspected outbreaks and Omicron clusters, we are seeing rapid and extensive spread between contacts,” said a statement from the region.

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“The large number of cases associated with these groups of sports teams is one more indication that Omicron is likely already spreading rapidly and widely in our community, as it is in other parts of Ontario.”

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