Following news that the NBA has decided to “suspend” its season after Wednesday’s games, the Toronto Raptors have confirmed the team is in self-isolation.
The suspension of the league comes after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. The test result was reported shortly prior to tip-off of the Jazz’s game in Oklahoma City, the NBA says, at which time the game was cancelled.
Gobert was not in the arena.
But the Raptors played the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on Monday night, and the “players were in close physical contact,” and such, according to a statement from the Raptors, players were tested as well.
“Out of an abundance of caution, members of the Raptors travelling party have been tested for the virus. We await those results. Our players, coaches and travelling staff have all been advised to go into self-isolation for 14 days, which means minimizing contact in accordance with public health guidelines,” said the Raptors on Thursday morning.
The team said that since returning from Utah on Tuesday morning, members have made two public appearances.
“According to Toronto Public Health, being in close contact with someone who does not have COVID-19, but was exposed to someone with COVID-19, does not constitute a risk for getting COVID-19 and does not require public health follow up,” reads the Raptors statement, adding that “people who attended these events should continue to monitor their health, practice social distancing and hand washing, and contact a health professional should they develop symptoms.”
As for the decision to suspend the league, the Raptors said while they were disappointed they “completely support” it, as the safety of the team, staff, and fans is paramount.
“The Raptors are very grateful to our community of fans, friends, and family for their support through this season, and for their understanding as we face this unprecedented situation together.”