Just hours before Thursday's game between the Bulls and Wizards, it was announced the Bulls would be without a host of players due to the league's health and safety protocols. It turns out at least one of them, Chandler Hutchison, has contracted the coronavirus.
Bulls head coach Billy Donovan revealed that news on Friday, saying Hutchison has tested positive and now remains in D.C. to quarantine. Hutchison did not play in Thursday's game, but did face the Wizards just two days earlier on Tuesday.
Now, the league will go through contact tracing to try to determine where and when he was exposed. The Wizards, meanwhile, will continue testing players and hope they weren't affected by the same outbreak.
"You’re concerned. That’s why we take it serious," Wizarsd head coach Scott Brooks said. "It’s a privilege to be coaching and playing and being a part of the NBA. We don’t want to do anything that’s going to jeopardize the health and the safety of everyone involved. We all have families and we all take this serious."
The Wizards have had a few players test positive for the virus in recent months. Several players had positive tests right before the team traveled to the restart bubble in Orlando back in late July. They also had one case in training camp, though with a player who had yet to join the team.
As Hutchison deals with the early stages of Covid-19, the Bulls will also need to figure out if anyone else in their locker room was affected. The NBA has yet to deal with a major outbreak, but teams in the NFL and MLB have had to postpone and cancel games due to rampant positive tests.