Thunder Release Statement Regarding COVID-19 Test Results Following Interaction With Utah Jazz
Mar 18, 2020, 4:36 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Oklahoma City Thunder have released a press release stating that all players and staff who were tested for Coronavirus are safe and healthy, all tests came back negative.
OKC Thunder COVID-19 update. pic.twitter.com/wvC7xHElK5
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) March 18, 2020
The Thunder also confirmed that they used a private lab to test their organization.
“Recognizing the stress on the state of Oklahoma’s medical system, the Thunder did not use state resources and chose an alternative path for testing of its personnel.”
The news comes just a day after the Brooklyn Nets announced that four players, including superstar Kevin Durant, had tested positive for COVID-19.
The National Basketball League remains in lockdown as league officials try to do everything in their power to combat the virus.
In a letter to the fans on March 12, the league’s commissioner Adam Silver admitted that the situation regarding the postponement of the 2019-20 season remains “a complicated and rapidly evolving situation that reminds us that we are all part of a broader society with a responsibility to look out for one and other.”
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