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Report: 8 NBA Players Test Positive For COVID-19

Dec 10, 2020, 10:45 AM
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LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers holds the ball for a 24 second shot clock violation to honor Kobe Bryant during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on January 31, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Eight NBA players tested positive in the latest round of COVID-19 testing. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the positive tests came from a pool of 541 league players.

The number is a significant improvement from last week’s report in which 48 players returned positive tests.

The results mean less than two percent of NBA players tested positive for COVID-19 in the latest round of tests compared to the nationwide rate which is over 10 percent.

The NBA provided teams with a 100-page manual detailing COVID-19 protocols. The league successfully finished the 2019-20 season on the Disney World campus in Orlando with zero positive tests for players after play was suspended in March.

The NBA preseason gets underway Friday with a slate of five games. The preseason runs through December 19, with the regular season opening on December 22.

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