After announcing last week that 16 of the 302 NBA players who were tested for COVID-19 last Tuesday came back positive, the league has issued an update today on its latest coronavirus testing results. Here are the details, per the NBA:
- Of the 344 players tested between June 24-29, an additional nine players tested positive for COVID-19.
- That makes 25 of 351 total players who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus since mandatory testing began on Tuesday, June 23.
- Of the 884 team staff members who were tested between June 23-29, a total of 10 tested positive for the coronavirus.
Some of the 25 players who tested positive have been publicly identified, including Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan of the Nets. In other cases, teams have revealed that players on their roster tested positive without specifically identifying them, such as when the Pelicans announced they had three cases. In general though, the NBA and its teams won’t be announcing which specific players or staffers have tested positive, leaving that decision up to those individuals.
As the NBA notes in today’s announcement, any player, coach, or staffer who tests positive must self-quarantine until they satisfy public health protocols and have been cleared by a doctor. While some players, such as Jordan, may opt out of the NBA’s restart as a result of a coronavirus diagnosis, players will be permitted to rejoin their teams after their self-isolation period, assuming they’re asymptomatic and return multiple negative tests.
The NBA’s hope is that all COVID-19 cases around the league will be identified before teams and players travel to the Walt Disney World campus next week.