The results of the NBA-sanctioned, league-wide testing earlier this week are now in. According to the league and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), 16 out of the 302 tested players are positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
It should be noted that the tests were done in separate areas, mostly in team facilities.
Sixteen NBA players have tested positive for the coronvavirus of 302 players tested, sources tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2020
Each of the 16 will now undergo a 14-day self-isolation prior to being subjected for a re-test. They will then have to test negative twice before getting cleared of the virus and allowed to be in physical contact with their respective teams again.
The result roughly equated to a 5.3% positive rate, which is not entirely alarming when compared to the expected turnout. No one was also deemed to be seriously ill.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver, however, said that the league will continuously work together with the players association, assuring that he is always in contact with the NBPA’s two big bosses: executive director Michele Roberts and president Chris Paul.
Here’s what he told the media following the release of the results:
“One thing we’re learning with this virus is, so much is unpredictable … We’re not saying full steam ahead no matter what happens. We all talk daily, and we’re gonna see how this continues to play out. But we feel very comfortable right now with where we are.”
The names of the players who tested positive were not disclosed, but there are some who have publicly announced their diagnosis – Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker, and Alex Len of the Sacramento Kings, Malcolm Brogdon of the Indiana Pacers, and Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat.
Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic has also tested positive while in Serbia, but it’s not clear if his diagnosis was done within the NBA’s testing program.
While the result seems manageable overall, given the lower-than-expected positive rate and the zero serious cases, the one major concern is the season’s venue: Florida.
The state has become a massive hotbed of COVID-19 cases, particularly in the last week or so. On Friday (Manila time), Florida’s Department of Health reported a whopping 8,942 new cases. It broke the world’s previous record of 5,508, which was also set by the state just two days prior.