With the Ottawa Senators already having a player test positive for COVID-19, the infectious nature of the disease made it nearly a foregone conclusion that other cases would be confirmed. So when the team announced, today, that a second player has the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, it came as little surprise to most.
A second #Sens player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent away trip that included games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles.— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) March 21, 2020
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In a team-issued statement, the organization said:
A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent away trip that included games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles.
The total number of people that travelled with the club is 52, including players, staff, media, guests and flight crew. Of those on the trip, 44 have shown no symptoms, eight people have been tested, and two positive results were received. We are awaiting the results from tests that took place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
On Friday, March 13th, all 52 people were instructed by the Senators to self-quarantine, and they remain as such. The team’s medical staff is continuously monitoring everyone for symptoms.
As of now, the two Senators players that have tested positive are the the only NHL players confirmed to have the virus. However, as previously stated, due to the virus’ infectious nature, and the close proximity that players share, it seems likely that more will follow.
Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston has reported there are eight people who made the California trip, now showing symptoms. The remaining six test results are pending:
According to the #sens, eight of the 52 people on their road trip through California have displayed COVID-19 symptoms and been tested. There's been two positive results so far, with more test results still pending.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 21, 2020
In both Canada and the United States, drastic measures have been undertaken in order to stop the virus’ spread. Schools, restaurants, bars, and shops have been ordered to close across North America, with people being urged to stay home as much as possible. The Canada/U.S. border has been closed as part of a mutual agreement with both countries.
At the time of writing this article, there are 298561 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the globe. 12831 have died, and 94625 have recovered.