NBA adjusts protocol for players with inconclusive coronavirus tests

NBA adjusts protocol for players with inconclusive coronavirus tests

On average, every 5 in 1,000 tests can be inconclusive.

The NBA has adjusted its protocol for players who return inconclusive tests for the coronavirus, allowing for a quicker possible return to game action, according to a league memo shared with teams, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

After entering quarantine, if a player is asymptomatic and tests negative on a first retest, he should be permitted to play in his next game as long another negative test is returned within 60 minutes of the game’s start time. 

NBA teams, reports Wojnarowski, have been concerned that player availability could become jeopardized should an inconclusive test result fall in the middle of a playoff series and force someone to miss a game. In certain cases, this protocol change could shorten that quarantine window for players

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski.

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