PIHS Hockey Team Forced into Quarantine Following Opponent’s Positive Test

19 individuals associated with the Presque Isle High School varsity hockey team will now have to quarantine for ten days following a positive COVID-19 test for a member of the Old Town/Orono squad.


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Sophomore Dawson Kinney battles with a member of the Bangor Rams during a January 2021 contest at The Forum in Presque Isle, Maine.

Cameron Levasseur, Sports Editor

Following a February 6 hockey game between the Presque Isle Wildcats and the Black Bears of Old Town/Orono, a member of the Black Bears team tested positive for COVID-19, sending not only his own team, but also the 17 Wildcat athletes and two staff members who were in Sawyer Arena that night into a ten day quarantine that will conclude on February 17. 

Two players, senior captain Cameron Levasseur and starting goaltender Brandon Poitras did not accompany the team to the game, as they themselves are in the midst of a contact tracing related quarantine stemming from the February 3 positive test at Presque Isle High School and therefore do not have to isolate due to this incident. 

Fellow captain Noah Roy, who was on the ice for Saturday’s contest, said “It was something that we knew could happen, but we figured it would just be a few players, not the whole team at once.”

In a statement released by the district following the positive test, Superintendent Ben Greenlaw wrote “All MSAD #1 schools will continue to be open for in-person instruction as there is no impact to the teaching and support staff in the district.”

This story will be updated if further information is released.