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NBA teams have been told in a memo from the league to prepare to play games without fans in attendance due to the coronavirus, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Additionally, teams were told to identify “essential staff” necessary for those games should it come to it.

Another measure the NBA wants its teams to prepare for, if the situation worsens, is instituting "temperature checks" on those deemed essential, including players, staff and referees, according to The New York Times’ Marc Stein.

On Sunday, the NBA sent a memo to teams offering 10 recommendations for players to reduce their risk of getting the virus. Players were told to avoid high-fiving fans and strangers and to avoid taking items for autographs. The NBA told teams it’s consulting with infectious disease experts and researchers.

According to Charania, the NBA has been sending several informational memos to teams in order to be ready for future developments. Also provided Friday night was a reminder of existing rules regarding postponement or cancellations.

The coronavirus has infected almost 98,000 people worldwide and killed more than 3,300. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency Thursday after announcing three people in the state had been diagnosed, the first positive cases in the Washington, D.C., area.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said Friday that the organization is doing all it can to avoid the virus.

"We've talked to the guys and the staff," Brooks said before Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. "When you travel, it's hard to get away and it's hard to stay away from [it]. You don't know and we try to do our best. It's important for everybody."

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