Three members of Raptors organization test positive for COVID-19

Toronto Raptors general manager Bobby Webster speaks following the Raptors positive COVID-19 cases.

Three members of the Toronto Raptors organization tested positive for COVID-19 during the league-mandated testing period prior to training camp, the team announced Monday.

According to a team statement, all three of those members are already self-isolating away from the rest of the organization. So far, due to proper adherence to protocols, follow-up testing and contact tracing, no spread to other members of the franchise has been revealed.

“We’re not going to get into the who, what, when, how, why of the three members [who tested positive],” Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said in a press availability following the test news.

Webster added that the team still practised Monday, and that they do not expect delays to the team’s schedule as they are comfortable the cases were isolated instances.

The Raptors, who at this point are in the stage of beginning to hold training camp practices, will continue to abide by safety protocols, and updates on the situation will follow as appropriate.

The NBA reportedly shared new health and safety guidelines (an expansive, 158-page document) related to protecting against the spread of COVID-19 on Saturday, and within it noted that players, specifically, who test positive will necessarily miss nearly two weeks in some instances before being allowed to return to the court.

In such cases, there are two methods by which a player can return to play: The first requires an infected individual to have at least two consecutive negative PCR test results. The second is time-based and requires a player to isolate, rest and avoid workouts for at least 10 days before spending at least two more days training in isolation.

Toronto is set to play its first pre-season game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on Dec. 12.


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