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7,000 People Told To Get Tested After COVID-19 Outbreak At Ontario Basketball Tournament

The tournament had attendees from all over Canada.

Ontario COVID-19 Outbreak Declared At Basketball Tournament

Thousands of Canadians are now being urged to get tested for COVID-19 after potential exposure occurred at a basketball competition this month.

According to Durham Region Health, the warning applies to the attendees of the 43rd Annual Jane and Finch Classic tournament, which was held at the Playground Global Facility, 1313 Boundary Road, in Oshawa from August 3rd to 8th.

The health department has reportedly linked around 20 cases of COVID-19 to the event and is struggling to notify all players and spectators from Ontario and other provinces. So far, cases have been linked to Quebec, Peel, Toronto, and Durham.

"The Health Department is aware that there were potentially 7,000 people who attended this event over the five days," an excerpt from the report reads.

"We are reaching out through the media to help us make contact with anyone who may have attended this event," said Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region Medical Officer of Health. "It is very important that individuals who participated in this basketball tournament get tested as soon as possible."

A US Politician Says Canada's Plans To End Travel Test Requirements 'Don't Follow The Science'

He's not pleased that Americans aren't included in the exemption.

An American politician has spoken out about the travel test requirements in Canada being dropped for only some travellers and said the plans "don't follow the science."

After the federal government announced on November 19 that mandatory COVID-19 testing for re-entry into Canada will end for Canadians going on short trips out of the country, U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins tweeted and said, "No matter which side of the US-Canada border you reside on, the standards for vaccinated travelers should be the same."

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The federal government has just announced that test requirements to enter Canada will be dropped this month but only for some travellers.

As of November 30, 2021, fully vaccinated people with the right of entry to Canada who leave and re-enter the country within 72 hours of travelling out of Canada won't have to show a pre-entry molecular test when they come back.

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I drove across the U.S.-Canada border this week from B.C. to Washington State. It was the first week the border was open, so there were lots of restrictions to keep in mind, including showing proof of a negative PCR or other molecular test.

To get into the U.S. you just need your passport and proof of vaccination. However, to get back into Canada, anyone aged 5 years or older will need a negative molecular test (like a PCR test) that was done within 72 hours of crossing and you need to register on the ArriveCAN app.

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An American NHL Team Is Promising Cheaper COVID-19 Tests To Get Canadians To Cross The Border

Travellers are required to have a negative COVID-19 test when returning to Canada, even if it was just a day trip.

In an attempt to lure Canadians to come across the border for NHL games, cheaper COVID-19 tests are being offered by the Detroit Red Wings.

According to CTV News, on-site PCR testing will be available at the concourse inside the team's home arena before games start for a reduced cost of US$85, which works out to about CA$105.

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