16 NBA Players Test Positive for Coronavirus Plague

FILE PHOTO: Apr 5, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) drives for the basket as Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker (12) defends during the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

Sixteen NBA players of 302 tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), 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.

Teams started mandatory testing for players on Tuesday, and Denver’s Nikola Jokic, Indiana’s Malcolm Brogdon and Sacramento’s Jabari Parker were among the players who have tested positive.

In its 113-page health and safety protocol document, the NBA spelled out specific actions for those who test positive, including self-isolation, two consecutive negative tests more than 24 hours apart, medical clearance and cardiac screening.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jeff Zillgitt