A member of the Denver Nuggets organization has tested positive for coronavirus, the team announced on Thursday.
“On Thursday, March 19th, a member of the Denver Nuggets organization tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement read. “The person, who was tested after experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on March 16th, is currently under the care of team medical staff and in self-isolation. The testing was undertaken following guidance from state public health officials and team physicians.
“The health and safety of our players, our organization, those throughout our league, and all those potentially impacted by this situation is paramount. The Nuggets will continue to work in coordination with team physicians, public health officials and infectious disease experts, while focusing on the health and safety of everyone in our community.”
This person was the only person in the organization tested because they were the only one showing symptoms:
Per source, the Nuggets tested just the one person who was positive for COVID-19 – by way of the public system; not private – because they were showing symptoms. They followed state guidelines. https://t.co/YEdsa8Jn8A
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) March 19, 2020
There are now four NBA teams with at least one person infected with the novel coronavirus. Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert was the first to test positive for the virus, followed by teammate Donovan Mitchell the next day.
Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons tested positive over the weekend and four Brooklyn Nets players, including injured star Kevin Durant did as well.
Teams like the Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, Nets, and most recently the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers have been fully tested for COVID-19.
Players were recently encouraged to remain at their respective markets but were given permission to return home, so long as home is within the United States.