Celtics announce they will self-quarantine, get coronavirus testing back in Boston

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The Celtics made their first official statement in the wake of two Jazz players testing positive for the coronavirus which led to the suspension of the NBA regular season on Wednesday night. The Celtics traveling party flew back to Boston from Milwaukee this morning and the team announced that those with close contact with Jazz players will quarantine in an abundance of caution after facing the Jazz last Friday night despite the low risk of interacting with them while they were contagious.

Last night, it was learned that a player on the Utah Jazz preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19, and a second case has been reported this morning. The Celtics played the Jazz on Friday, March 6. We have been in constant communication with our Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials, including Larry Madoff MD of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Department. Specific to the news about the Utah players, the DPH has advised us that based on those players’ health statuses during this period, it is unlikely that anyone from the team came into contact with them while they were contagious. 

However, notwithstanding this information, we are exercising an abundance of caution in taking every measure to be vigilant and safe. These steps will include having players and staff who were in close contact with the Utah players or who traveled to Milwaukee to self-quarantine through the weekend, during which time all players will be tested, as will staff who came into close contact with the Utah players or who exhibit symptoms. We will also take any additional measures as necessary and as recommended by the DPH. 

The safety of our fans, players, staff, and media is of paramount importance to us, and we will continue to monitor developments and provide information as we work with league and health officials through this situation.

Analysis: With multiple teams that recently faced the Jazz this past week announcing they will quarantine themselves for 14 days, the fact that the Celtics will only have to do so this weekend is a positive sign that the team may have avoided infection from the Jazz players if they can make it through this weekend symptom-free.

There is likely to be much more testing across the league in the next 48 hours for any players showing symptoms or coming into contact with the Jazz lately so at the least, it's safe to imagine no games will be starting back up again until May at the earliest. Mark Cuban shed some light on the league plans in an