26 September 2020

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Orlando Update: Zero Positive Coronavirus Tests in Recent Testing

Since the last report on July 13, zero of the 346 NBA players tested for coronavirus came back positive, per Shams Charania. This is obviously excellent news for NBA fans to here, with the season restarting in just 10 days. With almost every player in the bubble, there is real hope that the season will be able to conclude with little to no complications.

ORLANDO, FL - JULY 13: Brett Gunning coaches Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets during practice as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on July 13, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The risk is still there of any outside contact leading to an outbreak in Orlando, if any non-players eventually test positive or with any of the players who arrive late or leave the bubble for personal reasons. There will need to be consistent precaution taken by everyone involved in Orlando throughout the next few months. However, a full week with zero positive tests certainly is a good sign at this point.

At this stage, the responsibility falls heavily on the players following the rules the league has put in. If these tests are correct, and almost all players are already in the bubble and Covid free, they need to keep it that way. Players need to remain quarantined to the league’s standards, and need to limit unnecessary contact with others whenever possible, if we are to get an entire playoffs completed in Orlando.

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