A recreational hockey game this summer in the Tampa Bay region resulted in 15 cases of COVID-19 in men between the ages of 19 and 53 and provides scientists with evidence that the virus can spread at indoor sporting activities.
Fourteen of the 22 men on two hockey teams became ill within five days of the June 16 game, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s publication “Morbidity and Mortality.” A worker at the ice rink also became infected.
“The high proportion of infections that occurred in this outbreak provides evidence for SARS-CoV-2 transmission during an indoor sporting activity where intense physical activity is occurring,” the report said.
Jay Wolfson, a professor of public health medicine and pharmacy at the University of South Florida, said the finding sends a reminder.
“People we know play all kinds of different games, baseball, basketball, hockey, pickup games. It doesn’t take that much,” he said. “We can’t forget it takes one case to create a superspreader in the population.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not give a specific location for the rink, only saying it was in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area.
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