A handful of NBA teams are in the process of receiving approval from local authorities to test players and staff for coronavirus, even if they are asymptomatic, ESPN reported on Friday.
The news comes as players began to return to the team’s facilities before what could be the resumption of the 2019-20 season. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers both opened their facilities for players on Thursday.
According to the report, the Orlando Magic has received approval from the Orange County (Florida) health department to test asymptomatic personnel, the report said. In addition, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers should be allowed to administer coronavirus tests to players and staff who attend training sessions.
Only teams will perform coronavirus testing for any asymptomatic person if there is a dynamic testing program in their particular area for people at risk, such as health workers.
Initially, it was expected that asymptomatic people in NBA facilities would not be allowed to be tested. The league has reportedly been reluctant to test people without symptoms of coronavirus because of the perception that the league was using tests that might otherwise be used by people in the community.
Other protocols will be in place in practice facilities such as temperature controls.
—Media at field level
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