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NBA May Be Heading into COVID-19 Hotbed

Tim Reynolds of the AP reports a shocking percentage of positive tests for the virus in Orlando, Florida.

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In just a few weeks, the NBA will head to Orlando, Florida to resume the 2019-20 regular season, on hiatus since March because of COVID-19. Florida was one of the states that opened up earliest as shelter-in-place orders abated across the United States. Unfortunately it appears that the threat of COVID-19 remains as strong as ever, especially in the Sunshine State.

Tim Reynolds of the AP tweeted a startling statistic today, relaying that on June 18th, the Orlando area reported a 15.1% rate of positive tests for Coronavirus.

That number represents a significant increase from earlier in the month:

Thought the overall percentage of positive tests is rising in the area, the rate of hospitalization among people who test positive has lowered.

The NBA season is scheduled to resume officially July 30th, with players from 22 teams reporting to Orlando for pre-restart workouts no later than July 9th.