Avalanche player tested positive for COVID-19, has recovered

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In this March 12, 2020 photo, goals used by an NHL hockey club are stored in a hallway. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

The Colorado Avalanche announced on Thursday that a player on the team tested positive for COVID-19 but “has recovered and is back to normal.”

Here is the Avalanche’s full statement:

The Colorado Avalanche were advised today that a player has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The player has been at home in isolation since the first symptoms appeared, has recovered and is back to normal. The Avalanche have notified anyone who has had known close contact with the athlete.

The health and safety of our players, staff, fans, and community remains our highest priority. The Avalanche organization will continue to work in conjunction with our medical staff and public health officials to do everything we can to help the Avalanche community remain safe and healthy during this time.

The Avalanche player is the third known positive test for COVID-19 in the NHL after two players on the Ottawa Senators were announced last week as having contracted the coronavirus.

The 2019-20 NHL season was paused on March 12 due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, and the league recently told players and staff to extend their period of self-quarantine by another 10 days to April 6.

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