İrem UZUN -TDO- Sixteen NBA players of 302 tested positive for coronavirus, 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.
Mandatory testing began Tuesday among the 22 NBA teams slated to return to action in late July on the Disney World campus. The league administered 302 tests, with 5.29% returning positive. The league’s announcement does not include players who previously tested positive for the novel coronavirus prior to the league’s mandatory testing phase that began Tuesday. While names of players who returned positive COVID-19 tests were not disclosed by the league, some have publicly acknowledged their test results. However, some players, such as Malcolm Brogdon of Indiana and Sacramento teammates Jabari Parker and Alex Len, have publicly acknowledged they recently tested positive. Test results for NBA coaches, executives and any other personnel was not released by the league.
The NBA season is scheduled to resume on July 30 with 22 teams participating in Orlando, Florida. Tuesday’s round of testing was the first in what will be many COVID-19 tests NBA players and staff will have conducted over the next several weeks and months as they move forward with the season resumption.