The Carolina Hurricanes were able to transport their COVID-19 positive players out of Canada and bring them home, the team confirmed.
Hurricane attackers Sebastian Aho and Seth Jarvis, as well as massage therapist Mike Maresca, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday while Carolina was in Vancouver, British Columbia. In such cases, a 14-day government-imposed quarantine is enforced. The players and Maresca were isolating themselves at a local hotel and had a health official – known as the quarantine officer – assigned to their case.
Carolina was able to show the quarantine officer that they had a plan in place that would allow the stranded party to cross the border and reach their final destination in Raleigh without coming into contact with the public.
The Hurricanes were ultimately successful in coordinating emergency medical transport for the group from Vancouver to Washington State. The team had to deal with customs issues related to Aho (born in Finland) and Jarvis (from Canada) – Maresca is American – but all three were able to make it to an airport in Everett, Washington, where the owner of the Hurricanes, Thomas Dundon, had his private plane on hold. .
That transport took off for St. Paul, Minnesota, where four other Carolina players who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 were also in quarantine. The plan was to pick up Ian Cole, Steven Lorentz, Jordan Staal and Andrei Svechnikov in St. Paul and return to Raleigh.
Due to their COVID outbreak and salary cap constraints, Carolina is set to play the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night with just 16 skaters.