The Pittsburgh Penguins released a statement on Thursday afternoon confirming that one of the Penguins players has tested positive for COVID-19. The team was advised on Thursday and has notified those in close contact with the player have been notified.
The Penguins did not divulge the player’s identity but did disclose the player is not in Pittsburgh. It is believed this is the first Pittsburgh Penguins player to be diagnosed with the illness.
The player has been in isolation at his home since first experiencing symptoms. According to the Penguins, the player has already recovered and is feeling well.
Multiple NHL teams have had multiple players, including three players from the Colorado Avalanche, test positive for the virus. It is not believed that any active players have been severely affected by COVID-19. Last month, retired NHL player George Laraque did a live video from his hospital room after being diagnosed.
Laraque fully recovered.
The Penguins statement concluded:
“The health and safety of our players, fans, staff, and community remains our highest priority. The club will have no further update at this time.”
The NHL is reportedly close to naming a date to move to Phase 2 of the NHL Return to Play scenario. Phase 2 includes small group workouts of players, but no more than six and no coaches. The workouts will be conducted at team facilities and testing will be done twice per week by the team.
During Phase 4, which is the NHL 24-team tournament, players will be tested daily by the NHL. The testing and safety was one of the primary concerns of the NHLPA before they agreed to the NHL Return to Play Plan two weeks ago.
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