NBA Announces 16 Of 302 Players Test Positive For COVID-19

Of the 302 NBA players tested for the coronavirus on June 23, a total of 16 have come back positive, the NBA and NBPA announced today. That’s a positive test rate of 5.3%.

While those players likely won’t all be publicly identified, we know a few of them already. Malcolm Brogdon, Jabari Parker, Buddy Hield, Alex Len, and Derrick Jones are among the players whose positive tests were reported earlier this week.

Any player diagnosed with the coronavirus will be self-quarantined until he “satisfies public health protocols” for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a doctor, the league said in today’s announcement. The expectation is that once a player is fully cleared and has tested negative for the virus twice, at least 24 apart, he’ll still be able to travel to Orlando next month to participate in the NBA’s restart.

The 22 teams set to play at the Disney campus are carrying more than 302 players in total, so not every single player on those rosters was checked for COVID-19 on Tuesday, when testing began. The reasons for that discrepancy are unclear, but I’d expect the remaining players to began undergoing testing shortly, if they haven’t already.

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7 thoughts on “NBA Announces 16 Of 302 Players Test Positive For COVID-19

  1. Burger425

    This stat may reflect players tested since june 23 but what about those who were tested prior and are privately quarantined? What about staff numbers? I love how the sports world and Florida share and manipulate statistics to fit their narrative and cause. Disgusted.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    It’s getting close to. No turning back time. The way Florida is going. They better have the help checked daily. I can’t see sports and fans in same place. Till next year. I sure hope NBA can pull this off. Tell you the truth. I’m starting to have my doubts.

  3. x%sure

    Your point about narratives is something to keep an eye on, but I don’t think prior testing matters in spreading to the larger group.
    Interesting though about Jokic and Harden losing so much weight; it’s like they got something ill!

    Also, having once had it is probably a good thing although facts on immunity are not clear.
    (My understanding: The body does not counterattack the covid19 in an efficient way… The body just throws everything it has for a virus attack, against it, and wins with its bloodstream-warrior numbers (the “cytokin storm”). This is at the cost of the human’s overall energy level, thus, the advantage in being young & healthy.
    But apparently no intelligence on tactics can be gathered on such a messy battlefield. So we’re still in the dark on building immunity.)

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Both Harden and teammate Eric Gordon have been dieting and working out in order to lose weight in order to help increase their endurance.

  4. Juicey24

    Juventus striker Paulo Dybala still COVID-19 positive after six weeks. So I hope none of players will get through what he went.

  5. Juicey24

    Juventus striker Paulo Dybala still COVID-19 positive after six weeks. So I hope none of players will get through what he went.

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