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NBA: Only one coronavirus case in latest round of testing

NBA coronavirus

CHINA - 2020/03/22: In this photo illustration the American National Basketball Association (NBA) men’s professional basketball league logo seen displayed on a smartphone with a computer model of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the background. (Photo Illustration by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Coronavirus hit the NBA hard, 16 and 11 cases in the previous rounds of testing. There were calls to return to a bubble or even halt the season.

Instead, the league tightened restrictions and more liberally postponed games.

Those new strategies apparently worked.

NBA release:

Of the 492 players tested for COVID-19 since Jan. 20, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

It’s unclear who had this positive test.

Clippers stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are out due to coronavirus protocols, but it’s often unspecified whether players are out due to a positive test or just contact tracing. Obviously, this means Leonard and George didn’t both test positive.

NBA players have now had at least 145 cases – and almost certainly many more – of coronavirus. Perversely, that high number of prior cases helped the league achieve this victory. Though possible, reinfection is exceedingly unlikely.

Natural immunity, a nationwide decline in cases and stricter protocols within the NBA have the league in much better shape than earlier this month.