Two Elks players currently in COVID-19 protocols

Saturday's game with Ottawa to proceed as scheduled

EDMONTON – Two Edmonton Elks players have entered COVID-19 protocols.

The news was confirmed Friday evening by the club, as preparations for the team's home opener against the Ottawa RedBlacks continue.

Saturday's game is not in question, and will be played as scheduled (8:00 p.m. MT). There is no concern at this time of any transmission beyond those already identified.

For more details, please see below:

  • Friday morning, all players, coaches, and staff received rapid antigen tests upon entry to team facilities.
  • One staff member, who had returned a negative PCR test Thursday and is currently asymptomatic, returned a positive rapid antigen test. The staff member was immediately sent home and is isolating, awaiting the results of a PCR test collected Friday. No other rapid antigen tests collected Friday were positive.
  • All players, coaches, and staff subsequently received PCR tests. The results of those tests are expected late Friday evening, or early Saturday morning.
  • Saturday's game is not in jeopardy, as the impacted players and staff have been removed from the team, and no additional positive tests have been returned.
Evan Daum

Evan Daum

VP, Marketing and Fan Engagement, Edmonton Elks Football Club


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About The Edmonton Elks Football Club

The Edmonton Elks are proud members of the Canadian Football League, playing their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. 

The club has a tradition of excellence with 14 Grey Cup championships (1954-56, 1975, 1978-82, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015) and 52 members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Since its founding, the club has been community-owned and remains focused on providing outstanding football memories for Edmonton and all of Northern Alberta.


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