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An Ottawa Senators player is the NHL's first to test positive for the coronavirus, the team announced Tuesday night.

The unnamed player "has mild symptoms and currently is in isolation," according to the team.

"The Ottawa Senators are in the process of notifying anyone who has had known close contact with the athlete and are working with our team doctors and public health officials," the statement said. "As a result of this positive case, all members of the Ottawa Senators are requested to remain isolated, to monitor their health and seek advice from our team medical staff."

Sportsnet's Elliotte Freidman first reported the news late Tuesday night.

The Senators' final three games before the NHL suspended its season were in California. Ottawa played the Sharks at SAP Center on March 7, followed by a back-to-back against the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings, respectively, on March 10 and March 11. The Sharks said last Thursday that a part-time employee at SAP Center tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said symptoms of the coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, can manifest anywhere between two days and two weeks. California currently has 570 confirmed cases, according to the CDC, state officials and NBC News reporting. That total is the third-highest in the United States, behind Washington and New York. At least 100 people have died nationwide.

 

Santa Clara County, where the Sharks play, has issued a shelter-in-place order. Orange County, which hosts the Ducks, has barred public and private gatherings with some exceptions.

The NHL suspended its season last Thursday and later issued a memo all 31 teams ordering players to self-quarantine through March 27.