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Oilers' defenseman Caleb Jones addresses testing positive for COVID-19

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Before joining the Oilers for training camp, defenseman Caleb Jones tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago when he arrived in Edmonton from his home in Dallas, NHL.com reported on Friday.

On Friday, after skating with the team's main group for the first time, Jones said he self-isolated for two weeks after the diagnosis before joining the team.

"I came into Edmonton early and I was going to do my seven days of isolation, and I had a positive test for COVID," Jones told Oilers' media on a video conference call following Friday's practice. "I had no symptoms, I was asymptomatic, and I did my two-week isolation and stayed away from everyone."

The blueliner skated at a separare end of the rink from teammates on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after the main group finished their session. The team had an off-day Thursday.

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"We'll see if he takes part in [the] scrimmage tomorrow," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said Friday. "I'm not sure he's going to go that far yet, but it's good to have him back. He had no symptoms, he tested positive without any symptoms at all, so he's coming back feeling healthy and ready to go."

Jones had nine points (four goals, five assists) in 43 games with the Oilers before the NHL paused on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Oilers are scheduled to play the Blackhawks in a best-of-five play-in series at Edmonton — beginning Aug. 1 — with the winner advancing to Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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