The Denver Nuggets announced on Thursday that someone in their organization has tested positive for COVID-19.
The person has not been identified. The team did not clarify whether or not the person who tested positive was a player.
“On Thursday, March 19 member of the Denver Nuggets organization tested positive for COVID-19,” a team statement reads. “The person, who was tested after experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on March 16, is currently under the care of team medical staff and in self-isolation.”
The team stated that the testing was advised by public health officials.
“The testing was undertaken following guidance from state public health officials and team physicians,” the statement continues.
NBA criticized for COVID-19 testing
The NBA has come under fire recently for using coronavirus tests as the general population struggles to gain access to testing amid the pandemic. Commissioner Adam Silver defended the league’s use of testing on Wednesday, telling ESPN that public health officials have advised the testing in some cases.
Coronavirus and the NBA
The Nuggets are the latest team to be stricken with the coronavirus. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive, prompting the league to immediately suspend its season last Wednesday. His teammate Donovan Mitchell later tested positive.
Earlier this week, the Brooklyn Nets announced that four players had tested positive. Kevin Durant later identified himself as one of those players. The other three players did not identify themselves.
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced on Wednesday that nobody in their organization tested positive.
Silver confirmed on Wednesday that eight NBA teams had undergone coronavirus testing.
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