In a statement released on Thursday, the Avalanche announced that a player has tested positive for COVID-19. The unidentified player has since recovered, the team said.
This is the third publicly confirmed case involving an NHL player after the Ottawa Senators announced two players tested positive last week.
The Los Angeles Times announced Saturday that half of the confirmed positive cases, a total of eight, involving NHL and NBA players played at the Staples Center between the dates of March 8-11, including the two Senators players.
Ottawa visited the Staples Center for a matchup against the Los Angeles Kings on March 11. The Avalanche played the Kings in the same building on March 9.
On March 10, the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Brooklyn Nets. Four Nets players have since tested positive for COVID-19 including sidelined superstar Kevin Durant. The Lakers also have two confirmed cases.
The Avalanche’s Statement:
The Colorado Avalanche were advised today that a player has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The player has been at home in isolation since the first symptoms appeared, has recovered and is back to normal. The Avalanche have notified anyone who has had known close contact with the athlete.
The health and safety of our players, staff, fans, and community remains our highest priority. The Avalanche organization will continue to work in conjunction with our medical staff and public health officials to do everything we can to help the Avalanche community remain safe and healthy during this time.