Ouellet told Montreal reporters at training camp that he initially tested negative for the coronavirus but then had a positive result despite not having symptoms.
“I had zero symptoms, there was not one point where I felt sick or anything,” Ouellet said. “I don’t really know if I actually had it or not. But the protocols with the league and the governments are pretty strict and they’re there to keep it safe for everyone. So I had to isolate myself and wait a little bit before I could come back which is what I did. But since that positive test I’ve tested negative every day and felt healthy, zero symptoms.”
The 26-year-old missed the opening of training camp and made his return on Wednesday.
Bitetto said he tested positive for COVID-19 on June 24 and did have symptoms but was fortunate that things were not more serious.
The 30-year-old added that he finished a 29-day quarantine period and had no hesitation returning once cleared by team doctors.
“I had very mild symptoms, I had shortness of breath, but otherwise there wasn’t really much to it for me,” he said. “I was pretty lucky with not having to deal with a lot of the more serious symptoms.”