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COVID-19 outbreak declared at basketball tournament

A basketball tournament in Oshawa has resulted in a COVID-19 outbreak.

Durham Region Health Department is urging anyone who attended the 43rd Annual Jane and Finch Classic Basketball Tournament, held at the Playground Global facility in Oshawa from August 3 to 8, to get tested as soon as possible.

The health department says it has been notified of multiple cases of COVID-19 associated with this event and is having difficulty reaching all players and spectators. The teams and attendees are from all over Ontario and other provinces.

The health department says that there were potentially 7,000 people who attended the event over the five days.

An outbreak has been declared as a result of the upwards of 20 positive cases of COVID-19 currently identified.

Cases from Quebec, Peel, Toronto, and Durham have been identified.

“We are reaching out through the media to help us make contact with anyone who may have attended this event,” says 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,” he adds.

Anyone who attended the event is encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.

Those living in Durham Region can visit or call the Health Department’s Durham Health Connection Line at 905-668-2020 or 1-800-841-2729. For more information about Durham Region Health Department’s COVID-19 response or current case monitoring, visit or