Ottawa Senators coach Jack Capuano went to hospital due to COVID-19

Ottawa Senators associate coach Jack Capuano, seen here coaching the U.S. team this summer, contracted COVID-19 earlier this month. When his fever wouldn't break, he ended up in the emergency room. (Sergei Grits/The Associated Press - image credit)

Ottawa Senators associate coach Jack Capuano, seen here training the U.S. group this summertime, contracted COVID-19 previously this month. When his fever would not break, he wound up in the emergency clinic. (Sergei Grits/The Associated Press – image credit)

Provided all the procedures the group had in location, Ottawa Senators associate coach Jack Capuano never ever believed he’d boil down with COVID-19.

This month, the fit and fully-vaccinated Capuano — along with 10 of the group’s gamers, all inoculated also — evaluated favorable for the coronavirus. The break out led the NHL to choose Nov. 15 to delay 3 of the Ottawa Senators’ video games, in the hopes the circumstance would clean up.

Capuano was without a doubt the sickest, and at one point wound up in a healthcare facility emergency clinic.

“I went through a stretch there that was real tough. But you know, the last four or five days, I feel really good,” the 55-year-old informed CBC Radio’s Ottawa Early Morning.

“A lot of people ask where they get it, but I wouldn’t really have any idea. If you look around the NHL right now, the New York Islanders are hit with eight or nine guys, too. You can’t really put a finger on it … it just goes to show you how careful you have to be.”

Coach had 5-day fever

The NHL’s choice marked the very first time this fall a significant North American expert sports league chose to reschedule video games due to the fact that of a COVID-19 break out.

Drake Batherson, Austin Watson, Nick Holden, Josh Brown, Connor Brown, Dylan Gambrell, Matt Murray, Victor Mete, Alex Formenton and Nikita Zaitsev were all positioned under the league’s pandemic procedure. The group was lastly able to practice Nov. 20 and resumed league play on Nov. 22 with a 7-5 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Capuano stated he evaluated favorable for COVID-19 on Nov. 5, and while he at first felt great, about 5 days after his test the illness struck him — and it struck hard.

“I had the chills. I had the teeth chattering. I had a fever, and this fever of 103 [F] just wouldn’t go away for four or five days,” Capuano stated.

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David Zalubowski/Associated Press

Worried a blood infection may keep his fever from breaking, Capuano took himself to the emergency clinic. Ultimately, nevertheless, his temperature level started to drop by itself, and the fever slowly vanished completely.

Nevertheless, Capuano still hasn’t completely restored his taste or odor, a typical negative effects of COVID-19. He’s likewise dealing with a sticking around cough and needs to clear his throat while speaking.

‘We’re doing the appropriate things’

Specialists have actually stated COVID-19 cases amongst completely immunized people — called “breakthrough” infections if they happen a minimum of 2 weeks after a 2nd dosage — stay uncommon, though their numbers are increasing as more individuals total get both their shots.

The possibility somebody completely immunized would get seriously ill or pass away is even less most likely.

In spite of the break out, Capuano stated the Senators have actually been doing whatever right in regards to attempting to keep COVID-19 at bay.

“Our players seem to be all healthy right now. Our staff seems to be heathy right now. They’re testing every day. We’re doing the proper things as an organization. And hopefully we don’t go through this again,” he stated.

Capuano fell ill after the group’s very first U.S. trip given that the start of the pandemic — in 2015 they played in an all-Canadian department — and while it’s possible that contributed, he can’t state for specific.

“So maybe, you could see some of this happening. But at the end of the day, I know the NHL is doing the right thing. And I know teams are doing the right thing,” Capuano stated.

“And that’s all that you can do.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.