Celtics address Jazz players testing positive for COVID-19

Nick Friar
March 12, 2020 - 2:00 pm
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The Celtics released a statement on Thursday in response to the NBA suspending the 2019-20 season, as well as the concern regarding the Jazz’s visit to Boston on March 6 — given two of Utah’s players have preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.

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The Celtics have been in “constant communication” with Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials and Larry Madoff MD of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Department. From their discussion on the matter, the Department of Public Health told the Celtics “based on those players’ health statuses during this period, it is unlikely that anyone from the team came into contact with them while they were contagious.”

Still, Celtics players and staff who were in “close contact with the Utah players or who traveled to Milwaukee” will be self-quarantined through the weekend. They will be tested for COVID-19 during that time.

Here is the Celtics' statement in its entirety:

The announcement that the NBA has suspended the season is disappointing news to the Boston Celtics and our fans, but we stand firmly with the league in its decision. We want to clarify information regarding what the team has done and is doing. 

Last night, it was learned that a player on the Utah Jazz preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19, and a second case has been reported this morning. The Celtics played the Jazz on Friday, March 6. We have been in constant communication with our Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials, including Larry Madoff MD of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Department. Specific to the news about the Utah players, the DPH has advised us that based on those players’ health statuses during this period, it is unlikely that anyone from the team came into contact with them while they were contagious. 

However, notwithstanding this information, we are exercising an abundance of caution in taking every measure to be vigilant and safe. These steps will include having players and staff who were in close contact with the Utah players or who traveled to Milwaukee to self-quarantine through the weekend, during which time all players will be tested, as will staff who came into close contact with the Utah players or who exhibit symptoms. We will also take any additional measures as necessary and as recommended by the DPH.  

The safety of our fans, players, staff, and media is of paramount importance to us, and we will continue to monitor developments and provide information as we work with league and health officials through this situation.