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Trail Blazers close practice facility after three positive COVID-19 tests

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The 2020-2021 NBA season hasn't even had its first game and there are already bumps in the road.

Days after the NBA reported that 48 out of the 546 players tested from November 24-30 came back positive, the Portland Trail Blazers announced the closure of its practice facility after three positive test results within the organization.

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Over the past four days, we have had three positive COVID test results within our organization. Out of an abundance of caution, having completed contact tracing, we are closing our practice facility today for deep cleaning while we run confirmatory tests.

Neil Olshey, President of Basketball Operations.

The identities of these positive tests are not known. 

This news comes on the day NBA were supposed to be allowed to proceed with group activities. 

Now, the doors to the PF are locked. 

While the NBA restart had much success keeping players and staff safe in the Bubble, the NBA has issued new protocols and coronavirus health and safety guidelines for this season. 

According to Celine Castronuovo of The Hill, “The memo reportedly states that while at home, NBA players and staff are prohibited from going to bars, lounges or clubs, live entertainment or game venues, public gyms, spas, public pools or larger indoor gathering with more than 15 people.” 

Along with these guidelines, players will only be permitted to leave their hotel during road trips for dining only purposes and if that seating is outdoors at restaurants. Officials may also perform unannounced “in-person inspections of team facilities" throughout the season.

 

Potential punishments for violations include warnings, educational sessions, fines and suspensions, according to ESPN. 

The Trail Blazers were set to begin preseason play on Friday, December 11 hosting the Sacramento Kings.

There is no news yet if that game will still be played or when the Trail Blazers will be able to resume activities. 

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This story will update as additional information is provided.