The National Hockey League has its first case of the COVID-19 on their hands as the Ottawa Senators announced early this morning that one of their players has tested positive for the virus.
While the news comes across as alarming, the team is reporting that the player is currently only experiencing mild symptoms, and is in isolation to prevent any further spread of the infectious virus.
The Senators organization is currently in the process of notifying those who may have come in to close contact with the player recently, and are also consulting with their team doctors and public health officials to further instruction. Additionally, all members of the Ottawa Senators organization are being asked to remain isolated and notify the team medical staff of any changes in their health.
The National Hockey League suspended the 2019-20 season due to the virus last Thursday, March 12, until further notice. The decision came less than 24 hours after the NBA canceled a game and put their season on hold when Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the virus.
“It now seems more likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point,” Bettman said at the time. “It is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”
Our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery are with the Ottawa Senators player at this time, and also with everyone currently affected by the Coronavirus.