The National Hockey League (NHL) announced Friday that three players who tested positive for the coronavirus had been placed on sick leave, while another player was placed on paid leave pending further evaluation.NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly announced the news Friday in a press release.
“Our players are not in any danger, but we are concerned about how this illness has affected them, the people around them and their families,” Daly said in the release.
“The NHL is in touch with the players, and the team is working closely with health care providers to ensure their well-being.”
The players tested positive Friday in Los Angeles for the COVID-19 coronaviruses coronaviral-6, coronavide-2 and coronavid-6.
Three of the players have since been placed off the ice and another is being evaluated, according to Daly.
The players were placed on the paid leave Friday and are not expected to return until March 9.
The NHL said in a statement that the players were “consulted” and will be evaluated by the NHL’s Concussion and Chronic Disease Institute.
In a statement, the league said the players’ health was a “priority” for them.
“We are pleased to have the players returning to play and we look forward to their continued participation in the game as we continue to take action against this devastating disease,” the league statement said.
Daly said in his release that the NHL was aware of the potential for any of the affected players to be released from the league, which would have to be a decision that the league’s health and safety department made on a case-by-case basis.
The players are being placed on a short-term, voluntary, and voluntary leave of absence.
The NBA is also monitoring the situation closely, Daly said.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league are also working closely on a plan for how to best prevent a resurgence of the coronvirus.
The NBA will work closely with the NHL and other health care organizations to monitor the situation, Daly told reporters Friday.
The NHL also announced that the NFL will not play games until March 31 because of the pandemic.
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