NBA players have been free of new COVID-19 cases since Christmas Eve per the latest test results, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Health concerns loom large outside of a bubble environment such as the NBA played in last summer, but so far it looks like the league’s COVID protocols are working.
NBA says of the 495 players tested for COVID-19 since Dec. 24, zero new players have returned confirmed positive tests.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 30, 2020
The NBA had a successful playoff run in the bubble with no positive COVID tests from July 7, 2020 when teams first entered the bubble, to October 11, 2020 when the Los Angeles Lakers won the championship. Now that the NBA has left the bubble and returned to playing games in arenas, there have been positive COVID tests, but that number seems to be decreasing as the season goes on. In the first round of COVID tests for the 2020-2021 season, 48 players out of 546 that were tested came back positive. During the second round of testing, only 8 players out of 546 tested positive. In the third round of testing, only 1 player had a positive COVID-19 test result. Now, in this most recent round of testing, the NBA has confirmed that there have been no new positive COVID-19 tests amongst players.