Sports fans must be feeling restless. The NBA and NHL have suspended their seasons, with the former having a legitimate COVID-19 scare. After a game against a player who tested positive for the virus, the Toronto Raptors were told to self-isolate. Now they've received their test results.
A statement from the team released late on March 13 confirms that every member of the Raptors travel party has tested negative for COVID-19. It also notes that one person's tests are still pending.
"These results will not affect our protocols, however," The statement reads, "Those asked to self-isolate by Toronto Public Health will continue to do so."
"We will all practice social distancing and good hand hygiene, and - most importantly - carefully monitor our health."
The team also stated that they would remain in contact with public health authorities and infectious disease experts. They concluded saying that they are grateful for the support from their fans, families, and friends.
This came after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The Raptors had played against him on March 9.
They and any other teams who played against the Jazz in the previous 10 days before the confirmation of Gobert's illness were told to self-isolate.
COVID-19 update: https://t.co/r7l9gLUgrd https://t.co/2DrpP3fRU5— Toronto Raptors (@Toronto Raptors) 1584153863.0
On top of the teams going into quarantine, the rest of the NBA season was suspended.
"The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic," the league said in a statement.
@Raptors Still got that Championship Level Defence 😤 https://t.co/0Er49vVQUs— Alykhan Khamisa Ravjiani (@Alykhan Khamisa Ravjiani) 1584154843.0
A number of fans wondered if this meant that the Raptors would be considered 2020 champions if the rest of the season wasn't played.
The NHL followed suit, starting by cancelling any practices before suspending its own season until further notice.
There are currently 51 positive COVID-19 cases in Toronto being monitored by public health officials.
Across Canada, there have been 193 confirmed cases as of 9:00 AM on March 14.