Toronto Raptors centre Serge Ibaka (9) shoots as Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert, left, defends In the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 9, 2020, in Salt Lake City. All Toronto Raptors players, coaches and travelling staff have been advised to go into self-isolation for 14 days. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Rick Bowmer

Toronto Raptors players, staff advised to go into self-isolation

The 14-day isolation comes after a Utah player, reportedly centre Rudy Gobert, tested positive for the virus

Three days after the Toronto Raptors played in Utah, the players, coaches and travelling staff have gone into self-isolation amid the threat of COVID-19.

The Raptors’ 14-day isolation comes after a Utah player, reportedly centre Rudy Gobert, tested positive for the virus that has the sports world screeching to a halt. The Raptors also underwent testing for the virus, and are awaiting the results.

“The safety of our players, staff, fans and the media who cover our team is paramount. While we are disappointed the NBA season has been suspended because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we completely support the league’s decision,” the Raptors said in a statement Thursday.

The Raptors beat Utah 101-92 Monday and as with any NBA game, the players were in close physical contact. OG Anunoby was in a late-game scuffle with Gobert, and the two players were ejected.

The Jazz announced the positive test moments before they were scheduled to tip off against the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Wednesday evening. The NBA announced soon after it had suspended the season. The G League followed suit later Wednesday.

“Our team doctors remain in communication with infection control specialists and public health authorities, and we will continue to abide by their advice,” the Raptors said.

The team made two public appearances since returning from Utah on Tuesday morning — the launch of coach Nick Nurse’s foundation, and a Norman Powell bowling event.

The Raptors said that according to Toronto Public Health, being in close contact with someone who does not have COVID-19, but was exposed to someone with COVID-19, does not constitute a risk for getting COVID-19 and does not require public health follow up.

Team officials recommended people who attended either of the events should “continue to monitor their health, practise social distancing and hand washing, and contact a health professional should they develop symptoms.”

The Canadian Press

CoronavirusNBA

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

107 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, 5 additional deaths

More than 1,000 cases in Alberta total

WATCH: Town of Blackfalds released COVID-19 update video

Changes include Blackfalds Transfer Station hours of operation, BOLT schedules and staffing updates.

City of Lacombe announces BOLT Transit service change due to COVID-19

BOLT Transit is suspending its evening express route leaving from Red Deer at 8:24 p.m.

City of Lacombe, Lacombe FCSS sign agreement for emergency social services

FCSS, City sign Memorandum of Understanding for delivery of emergency social services

Lacombe Police recover stolen vehicles from Emily Crescent address

Investigation led police to an address where 2017 Audi Q7 and a 2019 Ford F150 were recovered

A message from Central Alberta Co-op

Please remember to practice social distancing at all our locations.

Pandemic forcing NBA players to work out with what’s on hand

Pandemic forcing NBA players to work out with what’s on hand

CFLPA playing role of educator with membership during COVID-19 pandemic

CFLPA playing role of educator with membership during COVID-19 pandemic

Sens offer use of CTC, other facilities to Ontario government amid pandemic

Sens offer use of CTC, other facilities to Ontario government amid pandemic

As Africa locks down, some deliveries of aid are threatened

As Africa locks down, some deliveries of aid are threatened

As Africa locks down, some deliveries of aid are threatened

As Africa locks down, some deliveries of aid are threatened

US urges masks as dramatic steps to combat virus roll out

US urges masks as dramatic steps to combat virus roll out

Calgary ban on public events includes Flames, Stampeders should leagues restart

Calgary ban on public events includes Flames, Stampeders should leagues restart

Most Read