Four more NBA players have been found to have COVID-19. As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported, four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Four Nets have tested positive for the coronavirus, team says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 17, 2020
Wojnarowski also added that the Nets paid a private company to be able to conduct their tests following their return from San Francisco — they were set to play the Golden State Warriors last Thursday, before the NBA shut down.
As the Nets mentioned in a statement, the team is notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, and that all players and those who travel with the team have been told to isolate.
Here is the full Nets statement on four players testing positive for the coronavirus. Only one of them is symptomatic at this time, and everyone from the travel party is being asked to remain isolated and monitor their health. pic.twitter.com/UZqKSXWYPY— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) March 17, 2020
As for the Philadelphia 76ers, their last game against the Nets was on February 20. Even though that isn’t too recent, the obvious problem is that the coronavirus could have spread farther around the league as players, coaches, referees and other team staff members who may have come into contact with those carrying the virus travel around the country to other arenas.
Another recent update is that if the NBA is able to salvage any of the 2019-20 season, it is likely that, at first, games will begin with no fans in attendance and they may be moved to non-NBA arenas.