Toronto Public Health Asks Attendees Of Dec. 5 Raptors Game To Monitor For COVID Symptoms After Masai Ujiri Tests Positive

Toronto Public Health says it is working with the organizers of the weekend gala where Raptors Vice President and President Masai Ujiri is believed to have contracted COVID-19, in order to assess the potential risks to other guests.

“We are aware of this situation and have followed our standard process,” said TPH spokesperson Lenore Bromley.

TPH is also asking anyone who attended the Toronto Raptors-Washington Wizards game at Scotiabank Arena on Dec. 5, the same night as the gala, to self-monitor for signs of COVID for ten days to test. if they develop. symptoms and self-isolation while results are pending.

Several COVID cases have been linked to the Giants of Africa event on Sunday, which was attended by celebrities and high-profile officials, including comedian Russell Peters and liberal MP Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth.

A spokesperson for Ien’s office said he went into self-isolation on December 9, after being notified that there may be more COVID-19 cases related to the gala than previously thought.

The minister was examined on the evening and night of December 6, the morning of December 7, and the night of December 9. All tests were negative.

Giants of Africa was founded by Ujiri, who is Nigerian, to grow basketball in Africa.

Ujiri issued a statement Thursday saying he tested positive for the virus after the event, despite receiving both the vaccines and the booster shot.

The NBA released a statement saying that Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum also attended the African Giants event on Sunday. They are both fully vaccinated and have received booster shots. They have been tested daily for COVID-19 since the event and returned negative results, according to a statement from NBA spokesman Mike Bass.

“Under the direction of the league’s doctors and infectious disease specialists, they will continue to perform daily tests for an additional six days. Adam and Mark share their good wishes for Masai and the others who have seen positive results. “

None of the staff members at Hotel X, where the gala was held, tested positive for the virus, hotel spokesman Matt Black said.

Francine Kopun is a Toronto reporter covering city hall and city politics for The Star. Follow her on Twitter: @KopunF

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