The WNBA disclosed Monday that in their recent round of coronavirus testing, seven players tested positive for the coronavirus. The report comes as WNBA teams are scheduled to report to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to begin preparations for a shortened 2020 regular season and playoffs.
According to the league, the results came from a round of testing of 137 players between June 28 and July 5. The seven players confirmed positive account for 5% of those tested.
The league did not disclose the names of the players, who, according to league officials, “will remain in self-isolation until she satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician.”
It has been confirmed that two of the players are members of the Indiana Fever. The team issued a statement that they will delay their arrival at preseason camp to later in the week. The other 11 WNBA teams are scheduled to arrive in Florida Monday.
This news comes as the WNBA is still finalizing its plan for the 2020 season. It is expected that teams will begin training camps on July 10th, after a mandated four-day quarantine.
Currently a dozen league players have chosen to sit out the season. Over the holiday weekend, a new name was reported as a possibility to opt out. The Associated Press reported Las Vegas Aces all-star center Liz Cambage is expected to sit out, according to her agent, Alison Galer. “In the evaluation of Liz Cambage’s health and pre-existing risk factors with her team doctor, we believe her to be at high risk for severe illness if she contracts COVID-19 in participating this WNBA season,” Galer said, “We are awaiting the league’s determination based on an independent physician panel.”
The league will allow players to opt out of the 2020 season without penalty. Should the league’s independent panel of doctors determine that a player is opting-out of the season due to medical reasons, the player will still receive full salary for the season. According to the AP, Cambage is one of a group of players who will be evaluated by the independent panel.
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