In Initial Return-To-Market League-Wide Testing Program, 48 NBA Players Tested Positive For COVID-19 Out Of 546

In Initial Return-To-Market League-Wide Testing Program, 48 NBA Players Tested Positive For COVID-19 Out Of 546

The NBA announced on Wednesday the results of their league-wide testing program that was started as teams started to regather to get ready for the fast approaching 2020-21 season start as pre-season games tip off on December 11.

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The tests began between November 24-30, depending on the day that a player returned to the team’s market per the NBA.

Of the 546 players tested for COVID-19 during this initial return-to-market testing phase, 48 have returned positive tests according to the NBA.

The NBA stated that anyone who got a positive test during this initial phase of testing in their team’s market will be isolated “until they are cleared for leaving isolation under the rules established by the NBA and the Players Association in accordance with CDC guidance.”

Along with these testing results, on November 28, ESPN reported on how the NBA gave teams a 134-page “Health and Safety Protocol Guide”.

In this guide it says per ESPN: “The occurrence of independent cases or a small or otherwise expected number of COVID-19 cases will not require a decision to suspend or cancel the 2020-21 season.”

ESPN also reports that the guide says it’s designed to “promote prevention and mitigation strategies to reduce exposure to, and transmission of, the coronavirus,” but that it is likely some players and staff will contract the virus.

The NBA will now try to have a regular season not in the confines of an Orlando bubble but in games in team’s markets across the country, similar to how other professional leagues have operated. ESPN also reports that this updated document is similar to the one given in the bubble and that:

“…like in that first document, the league has constructed a rules system for what will happen when someone tests positive for COVID-19. Under such a scenario, there are two potential paths to return: a “time-based” resolution, and a “test-based” resolution”.

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Here’s updates from NBA teams and players as it relates to COVID-19:

And according to USA Today, here’s what Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns, in what’s been “the toughest year of (his) life”, said as the NBA season approaches:

“It’s hard. I’ve lost a lot of family members and people that have raised me that have gotten it. That’s where I have to look back at my life with that person and try to get through that. Just trying my best to keep my family safe just like my mom. Trying to keep my sister, the kids, my dad out of harm’s way and keep my family out of harm’s way.”

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