Raptors announce team, staff are in isolation, have been tested for COVID-19

NBA insider Michael Grange joins Sportsnet Central to discuss the weight of concern surrounding the Raptors organization after it was revealed their latest opponent has tested positive for COVID-19, and why the unknown factor is most concerning.

Following a game against the Utah Jazz on Monday, and the subsequent announcement Wednesday that a Jazz player has tested positive for COVID-19, the Toronto Raptors have announced via a release that “players, coaches and traveling staff have all been advised to go into self-isolation for 14 days.”

The team said “members of the Raptors traveling party” have also been tested for the COVID-19 virus, and await the results.

Read the full statement from the team below:

The safety of our players, staff, fans and the media who cover our team is paramount. While we are disappointed the NBA season has been suspended because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we completely support the league’s decision.

The Toronto Raptors played the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on Monday night, and as is usual during an NBA game, the players were in close physical contact. On Wednesday evening, testing revealed that a Jazz player tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Out of an abundance of caution, members of the Raptors traveling party have been tested for the virus. We await those results. Our players, coaches and traveling staff have all been advised to go into self-isolation for 14 days, which means minimizing contact in accordance with public health guidelines. Our team doctors remain in communication with infection control specialists and public health authorities, and we will continue to abide by their advice.

Since returning from Utah on Tuesday morning, team members have made two public appearances. According to Toronto Public Health, being in close contact with someone who does not have COVID-19, but was exposed to someone with COVID-19, does not constitute a risk for getting COVID-19 and does not require public health follow up. People who attended these events should continue to monitor their health, practice social distancing and hand washing, and contact a health professional should they develop symptoms.

The Raptors are very grateful to our community of fans, friends, and family for their support through this season, and for their understanding as we face this unprecedented situation together.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Jazz player in question was Rudy Gobert. Following the news of his positive test result, the NBA announced it would suspend its 2019-20 season for the time being.

Gobert’s last four games came against the Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks.


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