- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

An unidentified player for the Ottawa Senators tested positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the NHL.

The Senators announced the player in question has had mild symptoms and is in isolation. 

“As a result of this positive case, all members of the Ottawa Senators are requested to remain isolated, to monitor their health and seek advice from our team medical staff,” the team said in a statement.

The NHL previously advised all its players to self-quarantine for two weeks as a precaution after the season was suspended. Players were later told they could travel anywhere, including overseas, provided they still self-quarantined.

It’s unknown if the Senators player is in Canada, the U.S. or elsewhere. Canada has seen far fewer cases of COVID-19 than the U.S. — just 598 as opposed to almost 6,500 in the United States, as of Wednesday morning.

There have been seven confirmed cases of the virus in the NBA, most notably Kevin Durant and three of his Brooklyn Nets teammates, which was made public Tuesday. Two New York Yankees minor leaguers also have tested positive.

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