Finnish Team Coach Tests Positive for Covid-19 Coronavirus (Press Release)

FasterSkierMarch 18, 2020

Press Release from the Finnish Ski Association

Ville Oksanen, cross country skiing coach of the Finnish Ski Association, has been in quarantine since Wednesday last week due to exposure and infection with corona viruses. The Finnish team traveled to Québec City to Canada on Tuesday for the World Cup. The next day, Oksanen became aware of the exposure.

“When I woke up on Wednesday morning, I had received calls and messages from Finland. The wedding I attended this weekend had been a person who had fallen ill after the wedding, had been tested, and had obtained a positive Covid-19 test result. Upon being informed, I immediately isolated myself from the team and other people. I had not been in close contact with the patient by THL criteria, but we continued my quarantine with the team doctor and sought access to the corona test through the Canadian authorities and race organizers. ”

On Thursday, national teams from both Finland and other countries decided to travel from the race venue to their home countries due to the expanding corona epidemic and tightened travel regulations. Oksanen passed the test and stayed in a hotel quarantine. A test completed on Saturday found a positive Covid-19 infection in Oksanen.

Ville Oksanen has been well-to-do throughout the quarantine. However, Oksanen will have to give the Canadian authorities two negative test results before traveling to Finland. No other Finnish team is ill. Sufficient action is taken in a foreign country and the parties do not wish to comment further on the case.



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