A member of the Denver Nuggets tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, the organization said in a statement. It is not immedia...
A member of the Denver Nuggets tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, the organization said in a statement. It is not immediately clear whether the person is a player, but the team said that person was tested on Monday after “experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.” The Nuggets added the person “is currently under care of team medical staff and in self-isolation.”
The individual was tested through state healthcare officials as opposed to a private entity, a person familiar with the procedure told USA TODAY Sports. The person was granted anonymity since that individual was not authorized to discuss the tests publicly and added that no one else in the Nuggets’ organization was tested.
Since the NBA suspended the season on March 10 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, the Nuggets determined that no one in the organization would get tested unless they exhibited symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The Nuggets are mindful of the country’s limited test supply and have maintained they have followed state protocol.
According to Colorado law, a person can only receive a test if it receives “an order from their health care provider (written or electronic) confirming they meet the testing criteria and need to be tested.” The state has reported 216 cases thus far in 20 counties, with two deaths and 26 hospitalized.
The Nuggets plan to keep their facilities closed for at least the next 14 days. If a staff member or players report or show symptoms, the Nuggets will have them consult with team doctors, then work with state health officials about additional testing.
Denver’s health department posted the Centers for Disease Control testing guidelines on its web site. Those guidelines included fever or respiratory symptoms and close contact with confirmed patient; people who have traveled to places affected by coronavirus recently and those who have symptoms but no other diagnosis has been made.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on Wednesday that eight teams have undergone testing. Seven of the eight are the Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers. The eighth team has not been confirmed.
Other NBA players testing positive for coronavirus have included Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, Detroit’s Christian Wood, Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant and three other unnamed teammates.
Contributing: Jeff Zillgitt