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Raptors to self-quarantine for two weeks due to coronavirus

In order to mitigate risk and limit the potential spread of coronavirus, Toronto players and coaches will enter a period of self-isolation.

Toronto Raptors to self-quarantine due to coronavirus, Kyle Lowry Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images

While we wait to hear about the future of the 2019-20 NBA season, which was suspended last night, we know what the Toronto Raptors will be doing for the next two weeks: Nothing.

The team has announced that its players, coaches, and traveling staff — basically, anyone who was on the recent road trip — have all “been advised” to enter a two-week period of self-quarantine.

According to most official recommendations, including Health Canada, a two-week self-isolation is recommended to anyone showing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or who has been in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19.

Since the Raptors were in close contact with Rudy Gobert on Monday, who has since tested positive for COVID-19, this obviously applies to them.

The team also says that the players and staff have all been tested for the virus, and are currently awaiting results of those tests. The team also made it clear that although team members, including players and coaches, were at two public events on Wednesday (Nick Nurse’s charity foundation launch and Norman Powell’s bowling tournament), the public is not at risk unless a player is diagnosed with COVID-19:

According to Toronto Public Health, being in close contact with someone who does not have COVID-19, but was exposed to someone with COVID-19, does not constitute a risk for getting COVID-19 and does not require public health follow up.

Nevertheless, if you were at one of these events, the team recommends closely monitoring your health and the situation in general, limiting social contact, and washing your hands rigorously.

We’ll keep you posted here and in our main NBA thread with more news as it develops.

Update, 2:20 p.m.

The Toronto Star’s Bruce Arthur is reporting that the NBA will be on hold for at least 30 days