Cleveland Cavaliers say ‘risk of coronavirus infection felt to be low’ for players

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – The Cleveland Cavaliers released a statement Thursday stating that while there have been several reports regarding quarantining and other precautionary measures, no players have experienced coronavirus symptoms.

The statement says: “There have been many reports and much speculation regarding quarantining and precautionary measures currently being taken by our team and our organization. To be clear, none of our players have experienced COVID-19 symptoms thus far. Should any of our players or basketball staff experience symptoms, they will be tested and undergo self-quarantine. Under the advisement of our medical experts, with league support, we are not currently under a mandatory quarantine. All employees are being advised on how to seek medical attention should they feel ill and experience symptoms, which can include being tested and self-quarantined.”

ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst reported the Cavs are one of five Jazz opponents who have been told to self-quarantine.

A member of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the virus Wednesday, prompting the NBA to suspend the season until further notice.

The statement continued:

“Risk of infection is felt to be relatively low at this point, given the date the game was played and the fact that none of our players or staff working in close proximity to the court and locker rooms have experienced any symptoms thus far.

In a proactive measure, and understanding the importance of social distancing and containment, we have also instituted an immediate work from home advisement for all employees with the exception of those essential to operate the core systems of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. 

Providing as safe and healthy of a work environment as possible for our organization and our visitors is our highest priority and the extensive precautionary and preventative measures being taken continue to be in place. At the same time, we are also developing a compensation plan to continue paying our event staff and hourly workforce that is impacted with the changes to our regular event schedule.

Information regarding any refunds for Cavaliers games will be announced in the near future. Updates regarding all upcoming events will be provided when details and direction become available in conjunction with our additional event and league partners.” 

Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) dunks against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Ante Zizic in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 2, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) dunks the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Ante Zizic (41) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 2, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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