Wizards players, staff self-quarantine for coronavirus

Chris Lingebach
March 12, 2020 - 11:44 am
Wizards players, staff self-quarantine for coronavirus

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The Washington Wizards have advised their players, coaches and other team personnel to self-quarantine in the aftermath of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert's positive test for Coronavirus.

Gobert's positive test set off a chain reaction around the NBA, resulting in the league ceasing operations late Wednesday evening "until further notice." As the NBA evaluates the next steps to take, teams are left to piece together when they may have come in contact with Gobert.

"Under the direction of team and MedStar medical staff, the Washington Wizards have advised players, coaches and basketball operations personnel to self-quarantine for the next three to four days," the Wizards announced in a statement Thursday. The decision was made with "an abundance of caution" due to the team's recent schedule, the Wizards said.

There were two recent chances for the Wizards to potentially be exposed to the virus. They played the Jazz in Utah on Feb. 28. Washington also just faced the Knicks on Tuesday, which is significant because the Knicks played the Jazz on March 4. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms for Coronavirus may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure.

"Players, coaches and basketball operations staff who exhibit or develop flu-like symptoms will be tested for COVID-19," the statement continues. "The Wizards and Monumental Sports & Entertainment will continue to monitor the situation with an emphasis on ensuring the health and safety of our fans, employees and players."

While the NHL has yet to formally announce anything, the Capitals canceled their morning skate Thursday. This comes a day after an announcement from Monumental Sports & Entertainment that both Caps and Wizards games would remain open to spectators, against the advice of the D.C. Department of Health.