Sixteen NBA players of 302 tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the NBA and National Basketball Players Association said in a joint news release on Friday.
“Any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician,” both organizations said in a statement.
Teams started mandatory testing for players on Tuesday, and Denver’s Nikola Jokic, Indiana’s Malcolm Brogdon and Sacramento’s Jabari Parker were among the players who have tested positive.
In its 113-page health and safety protocol document, the NBA spelled out specific actions for those who test positive, including self-isolation, two consecutive negative tests more than 24 hours apart, medical clearance and cardiac screening.
The 5.3% positive test rate is not as high as some expected as teams prepare to leave for Florida, where the NBA will resume its season next month at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando. When players and essential NBA personnel arrive in Florida, they will be tested daily.
Florida and Orange County, which is the major population center near the Disney resorts, have had significant increases in positive tests and positive rates.
On Thursday, 8,933 people tested positive for the first time and 14.74% of all tests were positive, according to the Florida Department of Health.
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