Skip Tracy Fleury enters COVID-19 protocol will miss start of Tournament of Hearts

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THUNDER BAY, Ont. — Skip Tracy Fleury will sit out the start of the Canadian women’s curling championship in COVID-19 protocol.

The skip of a wild-card team was one of two athletes in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts who tested positive for the virus before departing for Thunder Bay, Ont.

Curling Canada did not name the athletes, but Fleury’s team confirmed their skip’s situation on social media Friday.

“Unfortunately due to a positive covid test we still be starting the event without Tracy,” the post said.

“The good news is she feels well and the positive test was from long enough ago that she could join us as early as this weekend.”

Fleury’s Wild Card 1 team faces New Brunswick in Friday’s opening draw.

Affected athletes stay outside the competition zone.

They’re allowed in after passing protocol, which includes repeated testing and evaluation by medical staff, according to Curling Canada.

All arrival PCR tests Thursday were negative, Curling Canada said.

Fleury’s foursome from East St. Paul, Man., is the top-ranked women’s team in Canada.

Fleury lost in an extra end to Jennifer Jones in the final of November’s Olympic trials in Saskatoon.

 

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