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Jack Johnson tests positive for Covid-19



Jack Johnson

Add another member of Avalanche personnel to the Covid-19 list. On the day Jared Bednar is set to return behind the bench as Avs coach, defenseman Jack Johnson is now sidelined after testing positive for Covid-19, Colorado Hockey Now has learned.

Johnson, I’m told, is feeling asymptomatic – the same situation regarding Nathan MacKinnon. But, obviously he’s out for tonight and probably longer. Tough news, especially after JJ played so well in the season opener against Chicago and seemed to have a new lease on life with the Avs. But, assuming he doesn’t get real sick from the virus, he should be back soon.

Johnson, like the rest of the Avs, was fully vaccinated.

I don’t think anyone will be called up from the Eagles in time to play tonight. The Eagles are in Nevada right now. Hey, maybe a Justin Barron will be called up, but my stronger hunch is someone like a Kurtis MacDermid will fill his spot tonight against the Blues. It might be a rough game anyway.

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I am completely amazed with the high level of bad luck the Avs’ organization continues to have year-in year-out.


If it wasn’t for bad luck, the Avs wouldn’t have any luck at all. Apologies to William Bell, Booker T & Albert King.

On the positive side, if there is one, getting this out of the way earlier in the season is a good thing. But it makes me wonder. How many folks are walking around today, vaccinated, with COVID-19? And even if you are asymptomatic and vaccinated, can you still test positive later in the season?


At least because they are vaxed they will almost certainly not get seriously ill. Nearly all breakthrough cases are nonsevere and fully vaccinated people are less infectious than unvaccinated people. Yes, I think it is possible they could get it again but highly unlikely.


How are the vaxxed “less infectious”


You can always test positive. All it takes is a little bit of the virus protein (not the living virus) to cause a positive test. There are, of course, also false positives.

Yan Girard

Finally, Johnson and Johnson on defense isn’t better than Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. 🙂

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