NBA: 48 players positive for coronavirus as testing resumes
By admin - 2018-08-07 10:28:29
Unfortunately, 48 NBA players have tested positive for the coronavirus since testing resumed last week. Here are the highlights:
- The league said that 546 players were tested between Nov. 24-30 in the starting phase after returning to team markets. Around 9% of tests came back positive.
- The rules say that any player with a confirmed positive test is isolated until they’re cleared by the league and union, in accordance with CDC protocol.
- Furthermore, they are taking safety measures that concerns anyone with a positive test in this pre-camp phase “must receive medical clearance from a team-designated physician and a league-designated physician” before they enter a team facility and interact with them as well.
- Of course, it’s to be expected that some players will be testing positive. It’s a different ballgame this season. And Dallas All-Star Luka Doncic said, “Some players might get corona, get sick, not be able to be with the team for 10 days.” The players that can stay virus free will be key.
- They’re under strict rules, which means players needed three negative PCR tests between Nov. 24-30 before getting clearance for individual workouts. A handful of teams are expected to be cleared to start group sessions or 5-on-5 practices Friday, while most others on Sunday and Golden State will on Monday.
- Not to mention, anyone confirmed with Anyone positive test needs to complete a cardiac exam before returning to the court. With the regular season returning Dec. 22, this will be a bit challenging.
- Golden State Coach Steve Kerr places his confidence in the league to keep everyone safe. He says, “I mean, it’s 2020. I think we just have to go into it with an open mind and do our best and see what happens.”
- After entering the bubble, the NBA had no players test positive Walt Disney World for the season restart near Orlando, Florida last July. While a few tested positive after arriving at Disney, they were put in quarantine. The NBA showed they had an organized system.