NBA Covid-19 latest: The Toronto Raptors announced Monday that three members of their organization have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Raptors had a full training camp after all the 3 members were put into isolation.
“All three are, and will continue to, self-isolate away from the rest of the organization,” the team said in a statement.
The Raptors added that follow-up testing and contact tracing has “so far revealed no spread to other members of the Raptors organization.
The coronavirus is still surging around the United States. A few days ago, more than 2,300 people in the nation died from COVID-19, the highest daily total since early May. The players remain unnamed.
In only two weeks, 2 million new cases have been recorded in the U.S.A. More than 260,000 Americans have died of COVID-19.
“There was no contact, contact tracing went through, there have been no further positive tests,” he said. “So we’re confident that we can continue with basketball.”
All the teams were issued a 134-page “Health and Safety Protocol Guide” for the 2020-2021 season this morning, per sources. Now, the NBA tries this outside of a bubble.
As a result of the pandemic, the Raptors have changed their location to Tampa, Florida, for at least the start of the NBA season. The Canadian government feared that regular travel into and out of the United States could pose a public health risk.
“It’s a logistical challenge, it’s a health challenge, it’s a human challenge that we’re all going through,” Webster said. “It’s constantly on our mind at the same time we’re trying to prepare for an NBA season, as I’m sure most of us are seeing around the sports landscape. This was bound to happen, so we just wanted to make sure we had, you know, everything kind of tied up and continuing to review, continuing to educate, continuing to have awareness with our players, coaches, and staff, almost on a daily basis.”
The Raptors are scheduled to open their three-game preseason slate Saturday against the Charlotte Hornets.