Unnamed Senators player first in NHL to test positive for coronavirus

The Senators announced late Tuesday that one of their players has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The unnamed player is the first confirmed case in the NHL.

A statement from the Senators said the player has mild symptoms and is in isolation.

“The Ottawa Senators are in the process of notifying anyone who has had known close contact with the athlete and are working with our team doctors and public health officials,” the statement read. “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 health of our players, fans, and community remains our highest priority. We will continue to do everything we can to help ensure our players, staff, fans and the greater community remain safe and healthy during this time of uncertainty due to the spread of the coronavirus.”

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.

The Senators completed a road trip through California prior to the March 12 “pause” of the NHL schedule due to the global COVID-19 outbreak. They faced the Sharks (March 7), Ducks (March 10) and Kings (March 11).

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