Sport Kings’ player quarantined two days following inconclusive test; he’s cleared

16:44  01 august  2020
16:44  01 august  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

NBA adjusts protocol for players who return inconclusive COVID-19 tests

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The player had been quarantined following his inconclusive test , but will be cleared to play in Friday' s game against the San Antonio Spurs. Teams have feared that inconclusive or false positive tests could play a role in seeding games or the playoffs since players have to get two negative tests

Player quarantined through today. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 31, 2020. Organizations have feared inconclusive or "false positive" test According to Wojnarowski, the inconclusive test result occurred on Wednesday, and the player has cleared tests on both Thursday and Friday, which

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False-positive tests — or, just an inconclusive one — have been a serious concern for teams in the NBA’s restart campus/bubble in Orlando. The NBA has to take any potential positive test very seriously — it must maintain the integrity of the bubble — but a key player could miss a game or more because of the flawed test.

That almost happened to the Sacramento Kings — a player spent two days in quarantine after having an inconclusive test. He has since been cleared, reports Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of ESPN.

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The Sacramento Kings had a player test with an inconclusive result for COVID-19 on July 29, but he has reportedly had successive negative test results. Those negative tests were registered yesterday and today and the player is expected to be available for the team’ s game tonight against the San

Sources told ESPN that the player had to quarantine for two days after the inconclusive test — or “false positive” — Wednesday, but successive negative results Thursday and Friday allowed for his availability against the Spurs on Friday.

The system worked as it should have: this player had a false positive, he was quarantined, but when he tested negative the next two days he was cleared, and he did not miss one game in the process. The concern from teams is now that games are underway and guys are playing every other day this process will cost a missed game. What if it’s a key rotation player during a playoff series?

It’s likely there will be another false positive, it’s the nature of testing to have a small percentage of them.

So far, there have been no true positives inside the NBA’s bubble, a good sign for the league and all the protocols put in place to create a safe environment. While the NBA’s bubble plan has worked so far, games run through October and there is still a chance the virus finds its way into the NBA’s campus. The league is hoping the bubble will hold, but nothing in 2020 works out quite the way people envision.

Kings’ player quarantined two days following inconclusive test; he’s cleared originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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