Known NBA coronavirus cases double in one day
The number of known coronavirus cases in the NBA doubled yet again on Thursday.
The Nuggets, 76ers and Celtics all announced that members of their organizations had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus. The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that two Lakers players also tested positive. Between the four organizations, seven individuals tested positive.
The Nuggets were the first to release their positive test result Thursday. According to the team, the person experienced symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on Monday. The person is under care of the team medical staff and is in self-isolation. The Denver Post reported that the Nuggets did not procure the test privately, but no other members of the organization planned to get tested until they experienced symptoms.
The 76ers sent out their release later in the day, emphasizing that they consulted with medical experts and the NBA before testing "certain individuals from the organization." That group included players, coaches and basketball operations support staff. Three individuals tested positive for COVID-19 and are in self-isolation. The 76ers said they "secured and processed" the tests privately.
Celtics guard Marcus Smart announced on Twitter that he tested positive for the carnivorous and was asymptomatic. He stressed the importance of social distancing. The Celtics said in a statement that he was tested because of exposure to a known positive case.
"The team is awaiting further testing results," the Celtics said in a statement, "and will communicate them as appropriate."
Prior to Thursday, seven other NBA players tested positive for COVID-19: two Jazzmen, one Piston and four Nets.
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