As the Penguins prepare to take the ice for their first preseason game on Monday night, they will be without the services of one player due to a positive test result for COVID-19.
It was announced Monday morning that Zach Aston-Reese had tested positive for the virus.
#Pens HCMS announces forward Zach Aston-Reese has tested positive for Covid. He’ll enter the league protocols and obviously will not be available in the interim— Josh Getzoff (@PensJG) September 27, 2021
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan announced the news, adding that Aston-Reese would enter the league’s protocols for when he can be back with the team, and will not be back in the lineup for the team until he clears those protocols.
This is the first in-season positive case for a Penguins player since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zach Aston-Reese IS vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a breakthrough case. The Penguins are just waiting for one player (who they are not naming due to medical privacy) to get his second shot and then they will be 100% vaccinated throughout the entire team.— Mike DeFabo (@MikeDeFabo) September 27, 2021
Aston-Reese is reportedly vaccinated against COVID-19, making this a breakthrough case.
According to reports, there is one player on the team who is not fully vaccinated, but will be soon.
The Penguins and Blue Jackets will take the ice tonight at PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 p.m.