Avalanche announce a player has tested positive for COVID-19

Paola Ditto
Marzo 27, 2020

A player on the Colorado Avalanche has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the team announced Thursday, making him the third National Hockey League player known to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

"The player has been at home in isolation since the first symptoms appeared, and has recovered and is back to normal", the Avalanche said in a statement. The team has notified anyone that came in close contact with the player, who once again was left unnamed. The statement did not state if any additional team personnel such as coaches, players or support staff have or were also tested for coronavirus. The Avalanche played the Kings in the same building on March 9.

The health and safety of our players, staff, fans, and community remains our highest priority.

The NHL initially told its players to self-isolate at home through March 27 but has since extended that period to run through April 6.

On Wednesday, NHL chief medical officer Dr. Willem Meeuwisse called it "fortunate" that the NHL had only two positive tests to that point. "We have a pretty good idea now, because we're nearly at the two-week mark, that the likelihood of them being affected prior to that period is pretty low".

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