NHL Hub City Facing Challenges

NHL Hub City Facing Challenges

Edmonton, who is one of the National Hockey League is hub cities, has been facing problems these last couple of days with flooding and a Covid-19 outbreak.

Yesterday, their arena was hit by a summer storm. The Oilers Entertainment Group confirmed that there has been water damage to the complex.

They had this to say about the flooding : “A significant storm came through Edmonton earlier this evening. As a result, Rogers Place has suffered some water damage to the terminus of Ford Hall, along with some smaller leaks in other parts of the building. We are assessing the damage and at this time are confident that it will not hamper our planning and preparation and we will be ready to host the return of NHL hockey as a hub city.”.

Picture credit : Alex Antoneshyn – CTV News

Also, the city, who is set to start hosting exhibition games on July 28, has seen a big strike in Covid-19 cases.

Officials from Alberta reported on Tuesday that they had discovered 86 new cases on Monday, the highest total in the province since mid-May. Both Premier Jason Kenney and chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw have expressed concern about the situation.

On Wednesday, the province confirmed they had connected 52 cases to an outbreak at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton. Alberta has a total of 704 active cases.

While some might think Covid-19 affects older people, according to the province, 53% of new cases discovered between July 8 and July 14 were in people under 40 years old.

While the current situation in Edmonton isn’t ideal, it still is a better choice than a lot of the other cities.

We will continue to release information as it becomes available.

Picture credit : Jeffrey T. Barnes / Associated Press

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