Published: Sun, March 22, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ottawa Senators announce a second player has tested positive for COVID-19

Ottawa Senators announce a second player has tested positive for COVID-19

The Senators announced Saturday that a second player has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

A total of 52 people were on the trip that included players, staff, media, guests and flight crew. Of those, 44 are now showing no symptoms.

While the team confirmed a single case, The Athletic reported late on Tuesday that there may be more Ottawa players with the virus: "It is believed that multiple Senators players are ill and awaiting test results to determine how many have been infected", according to the report from Hailey Salvian and James Mirtle.

National Hockey League teams continue to follow CDC guidelines that state only players and staff members who exhibit symptoms should be tested, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. They faced the Sharks (March 7), Ducks (March 10) and Kings (March 11).

The NHL has its second confirmed case of COVID-19, again by way of the Ottawa Senators.

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Worldwide deaths surged past 11,000 on Saturday, according to data collected by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States. The one-day rise in deaths of 394 was higher than the previous day's increase of 324.

The latest National Hockey League directive sent out Monday told players - who previously were directed to remain in quarantine in their National Hockey League cities - that they were allowed to go home, including to any foreign country.

"You don't want to see it when it happens, but in the current atmosphere, I think we've all been assuming that there would be some players that sooner or later would test positive", NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Saturday. The team is not releasing the identity of either player.

Everyone who went on the trip has been instructed to self-quarantine, and the team's medical staff "is actively monitoring players and staff and following all appropriate and professional guidelines to help ensure the health and safety of our employees and the greater community". The Senators then returned home to Canada's capital.

The Sens say they will continue to provide periodic updates when appropriate, but will maintain the privacy of anyone who has been impacted.

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