Lakers, Clippers could be among NBA teams allowed to test for coronavirus, per report

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAlready, Orlando has been granted written authorization from the Orange County (Florida) Department of Health and approval from NBA to test its players, Wojnarowski tweeted.As teams begin to open facilities for voluntary workouts, the NBA wants to avoid creating the perception that the league is needlessly using tests that might otherwise serve those at greater risk in a community. The league reportedly plans to regularly test players when the season begins in earnest.For now, teams will follow strict protocols for voluntary workouts at their facilities, including limiting the number of players permitted to four at a time, barring head or assistant coaches from participating, prohibiting group activities such as practices and scrimmages, and informing players that they’re not to use non-team facilities such as public health clubs or fitness centers.Teams also reportedly will take the temperatures of those entering facilities, according to Wojnarowski.When the NBA season was suspended March 11, the Lakers (49-14) were leading the Western Conference and the Clippers (44-20) were in second place. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers coach Frank Vogel said this week that he welcomed the gradual return of basketball.“Like the whole reopening of our country, it’s going to be done in phases,” he said. “The NBA has rolled out what the first phase looked like for us. No more than four players at a time with one coach, and there’s obviously limitations to what you can really get accomplished in that setting. However, that’s a big step from where they’ve been for the last six or seven weeks or wherever that is.”center_img Because Los Angeles is among the places where testing for the coronavirus has become readily available to at-risk health care workers, the Clippers and Lakers could be among the NBA teams that will be permitted to test every player and staff member entering their training facilities for individual workouts for the disease, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.A league source confirmed that teams opening facilities for voluntary workouts in areas where robust testing is available are expected to be allowed to administer tests to asymptomatic players and staff, as ESPN reported.As of Thursday, about 207,000 people in L.A. County had been tested for COVID-19, with 12% of them testing positive. On April 29, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti expanded access to free COVID-19 tests to any resident who wanted one — whether they live in the city or the county, and whether or nor they exhibited symptoms and whether or not their job is considered essential.The NBA reportedly has informed teams of the “limited exception” to guidelines that otherwise forbid the testing of asymptomatic individuals during the phase of players returning to practice facilities that’s getting under way in some locations. The league can approve a written authorization from a local health authority that confirms a “robust testing program in place for at-risk health care workers” in the team’s community, per ESPN.last_img

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