Updated: 7:52 p.m.
Three members of the Sixers organization have tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced Thursday.
The team released the following statement:
The Philadelphia 76ers, in consultation with medical experts and the NBA, received the recommendation that certain individuals from the organization, including players, coaches and specific basketball operations support staff, be tested for COVID-19. The tests were secured and processed privately.
Three individuals have received positive test results for COVID-19. All other tests results are currently negative. We have reported this information to state and local health authorities as required.
Pursuant to CDC guidelines, the individuals are in self-isolation and will be monitored closely by medical professionals.
The health of our players, staff, fans and community is paramount, and we continue to be guided by medical experts at this time.
We extend our gratitude and appreciation to the public health and medical communities for their tireless efforts during these challenging times, as well as to our fans and partners for their support.
A team official told NBC Sports Philadelphia last Thursday that players, coaches and select support staff had been advised to start a temporary self-quarantine.
NBA team facilities will reportedly be closed to players and staff beginning Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, while players won’t be allowed to travel outside of North America.
In addition to the three members of the Sixers organization, the Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, the Pistons' Christian Wood, Kevin Durant and three other Nets players, the Celtics' Marcus Smart, and a member of the Nuggets organization have tested positive for the coronavirus. Two Lakers players have also tested positive, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
The 2019-20 regular season was suspended last Wednesday night minutes after the Sixers’ win over the Pistons at Wells Fargo Center.
“We have great leadership in the NBA,” GM Elton Brand Brand said at the time. “It’s important that the fans, players, coaching staff, our staff here at the Sixers remain healthy. We’re doing everything we can. We believe in the leadership of the league.”
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