The NHL Has Its First Confirmed Positive Test for Coronavirus

The player affected is with the Ottawa Senators

Paul Hamilton
March 17, 2020 - 9:22 pm

(WGR 550) - The National Hockey League has its first player testing positive for COVID-19.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Ottawa Senators say that one of their players has had mild symptoms and is in isolation.

The team released this statement:


“The Ottawa Senators are in the process of notifying anyone who has had known close contact with the athlete and are working with our team doctors and public health officials. As a result of this positive case, all members of the Ottawa Senators are requested to remain isolated, to monitor their health and seek advice from our team medical staff.

The health of our players, fans, and community remains our highest priority. We will continue to do everything we can to help ensure our players, staff, fans and the greater community remain safe and healthy during this time of uncertainty due to the spread of the coronavirus.”


The last game the Senators played before the break was in Los Angeles, where they used the same dressing room or transportation as the NBA Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have four confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Athletic is reporting that multiple Ottawa players have symptoms and are awaiting test results. 

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