Individual who attended Sabres' March 5 game tests positive for coronavirus

The person sat in Section 211, but was asymptomatic when they attended the game

WGR 550
March 17, 2020 - 8:43 am
Jack Eichel

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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Buffalo Sabres have confirmed that an individual who attended the March 5 game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at KeyBank Center has tested positive for coronavirus.

The individual was asymptomatic when they attended the game on March 5, and that person was seated in Section 211. Based on CDC Guidelines, this asymptomatic individual would likely not be infectious during the game.

The person is a relative of a Sabres employee, and they do not reside in Western New York. According to the team, the individual had limited interactions during their visit to Buffalo between March 5 and 6, and they did not show any symptoms of COVID-19 until several days after leaving New York State.

Here is the entire statement:


“A relative of a Buffalo Sabres employee recently tested positive for COVID-19 outside of New York State. The diagnosed individual is receiving care and is in isolation outside of New York State. This individual does not reside in Western New York and had limited interactions during a recent visit to Buffalo between March 5 and 6. This individual returned home and did not show any symptoms of COVID-19 until several days after leaving the state.

The individual was asymptomatic when they attended the Buffalo Sabres game on March 5 and sat in Section 211. We have been in contact with the Erie County Department of Health and they advised us that based on CDC Guidelines this asymptomatic individual would likely not be infectious during the game. During a press conference on March 16, the Erie County Department of Health advised all county residents that they should assume they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the recent past and to monitor symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath. Call your doctor for medical advice.

We are supporting the family member in all ways possible and would like to thank them for their open communication with Sabres management and wish them a speedy recovery.

The health and well-being of our employees and community is our top priority. The areas within KBC that this individual came in contact with were previously cleaned and will continue to be cleaned pursuant to CDC standards.

Together, we will get through this challenging situation.”


County officials continue to monitor each case of the disease and unveiled the locations that some of the people with coronavirus travelled locally. This list is expected to expand.

  • March 4: United Airlines Flight 6028 from Austin, Texas to Washington, D.C.
  • March 4: United Airlines Flight 4810 from Washington, D.C. to Buffalo.
  • March 9: Amtrak Train 49 from New York City to Buffalo (arrived around midnight)
  • March 10: Walden Galleria (No specific time given)
  • March 11: Wegmans on Alberta Drive in Amherst (12 p.m to 12:30 p.m.)
  • March 12: Aldi on Transit Road in Depew (Around 6:30 p.m.)
  • March 13: Rite Aid on North Buffalo Road in Orchard Park (7 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

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