The coronavirus has made its way to the NHL.
The NHL has its first coronavirus case after a member of the Ottawa Senators tested positive for the virus, the team announced late Tuesday.
The Senators did not release the player’s identity, but did state he had mild symptoms.
“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 team said in a statement. “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.”
Like other sports leagues, the National Hockey League put a pause on the season after Rudy Gobert of the NBA became the first known athlete to contract COVID-19. Six players in the NBA have since tested positive and that includes Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets.
The hockey website, The Fourth Period, reported that the Senators used the same visitors locker room as the Nets.
“The health of our players, fans, and community remains our highest priority,” the Senators said in a statement. “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.”
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