The latest information from the sports world regarding COVID-19
Earlier today, the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention issued a statement saying gatherings of 50 or more people should be delayed for the next eight weeks due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Also, Adam Schefter reported that the NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams confirming the new league year will begin on Wednesday as scheduled.
Two days ago, WFAN’s Maggie Green tweeted that she ran into Brooklyn’s DeAndre Jordan and, “… he says he thinks the entire Nets team is getting tested for COVID-19 tomorrow [March 14].” The Nets did not comment according to the New York Post.
The New York Knicks have been self-quarantined since Saturday. The New York Post is reporting that “though the Knicks have declined to comment publicly on the team’s status, they are following the NBA’s recommendations.” Toronto, Detroit, Boston, Cleveland have all publicly confirmed following self-quarantining guidelines as well.
On Friday, Commissioner Gary Bettman said that no player or employee has tested positive for COVID-19, “to the best of his knowledge.” Bettman also said, “We may have the benefit of time to complete the season and the playoffs in an appropriate manner, and there’s no reason at this point in time to preclude any of our options, even though we don’t know what they are yet.” The NHL suspended its season on Thursday.
On Sunday, Yankees GM Brian Cashman announced that a minor league player tested positive for the Coronavirus. This is the first known case in the world of Major League Baseball.
The Team is not revealing the identity of the individual due to HIPAA regulations. Brian Cashman is reporting that the player’s symptoms are improving at this time.
The anonymous player reported a fever to the team Friday morning. He was later transferred to Tampa General Hospital, where he tested positive for Coronavirus. The Yankees reportedly received the test results late Saturday night.
Director of Media Relations Jason Zillo said, “the player who tested positive has never entered George M. Steinbrenner Field and there is no known link to any of the Major League players…”