The Edmonton Elks have experienced an outbreak of Covid-19 this week, with 11 total players testing positive as of Tuesday afternoon. The team had 5 players test positive on Sunday, resulting in Thursday’s game against the Toronto Argonauts being postponed to a currently undecided date. Additionally, 4 more players tested positive on Monday, and 2 more on Tuesday.
Team facilities are currently shut down, with Elks players and staff now isolating while undergoing enhanced daily testing procedures under the supervision of the team’s medical staff working in collaboration with the CFL’s chief medical officers and public health officials. On Monday, Team President and CEO Chris Presson stated that the team would begin to provide written updates on testing results every 2 days.
While Edmonton has not announced who tested positive, the team did release a statement on Monday confirming that quarterback Trevor Harris was not one of them.
TSN’s Dave Naylor sat down with CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie on Tuesday, in which Ambrosie mentioned that out of the 11 positive tests, the majority of the players involved have not yet been vaccinated. He’d also urge the need for more players to get the vaccine and better follow protocols. Refusal from players and coaches to follow covid protocols may result in fines in the future.
While the rescheduled game does not yet have a new date, Ambrosie says they are working hard to get things worked out as soon as possible. The Elks are currently the only team in the CFL to have any players test positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the 2021 season.