Second Avalanche player tests positive for COVID-19

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The Colorado Avalanche announced on Saturday that a second player on the team has tested positive for COVID-19.

The news comes less than 48 hours after the Avalanche announced a first player had tested positive for the virus, but had since recovered.

Below is the full statement from the Avalanche:

The Colorado Avalanche were advised late last night that a second player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player is in self-isolation. All other Avalanche players, staff and others who might have had close contact with the player have been informed and remain isolated as per prior League direction and are monitoring their health and will be in touch with Club medical staff as necessary. No other Avalanche player or staff member has shown symptoms at this time.

The latest positive COVID-19 test is the fourth known among NHL players: two from the Avalanche and two from the Ottawa Senators, who announced last week that a pair of players had contracted the novel coronavirus.

The NHL put the 2019-20 season on pause on March 12 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Since then the league has postponed the upcoming draft, combine and awards show, and told players and staff to extend their period of self-quarantine by another 10 days to April 6.

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