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NBA Bubble Seems To Be Working After League Announces Another Round Of Zero Positive Test Results

Jul 29, 2020, 10:45 AM | Updated: 11:42 am
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NBA’s bubble in Orlando, Florida appears to be working as planned and hoped for after the league and its players’ union announced no players tested positive for COVID-19 after another round of test results came back.

On Wednesday, July 29, the league said no new positive tests have occurred during the last nine days inside the bubble at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

“Of the 344 players tested for COVID-19 on the NBA campus since test results were last announced on July 20, zero have returned confirmed positive tests,” the NBA and NBPA said in a statement.

The positive news comes after consecutive days where Major League Baseball was forced to postpone multiple games after players on the Miami Marlins tested positive for the virus. Unlike the NBA and MLS, MLB isn’t playing its season in a “bubble” and plans to have teams travel.

MLS is also playing in Orlando and appears to be having the same successful results as the NBA.

On July 28, MLS announced zero “newly confirmed positive individuals from clubs/staff participating in the tournament for the period of July 26-27” after 748 tests were given to 654 people.

Later that night, ESPN’s Tim Bontemps reported that NBPA executive director Michele Roberts thinks a bubble might be necessary for the 2020-21 NBA season.

“If tomorrow looks like today, I don’t know how we say we can do it differently,” Roberts told ESPN. “If tomorrow looks like today, and today we all acknowledge — and this is not Michele talking, this is the league, together with the PA and our respective experts saying, ‘This is the way to do it’ — then that’s going to have to be the way to do it.”

The NBA’s season will officially restart when the Utah Jazz play against the New Orleans Pelicans on July 30 at 4:30 p.m (MDT). That game will be televised on TNT and AT&T SportsNet.

Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

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