Raptors “travel party” tests negative for coronavirus after contact with Jazz

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Toronto Raptors forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (4) defends against Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) who shoots in the first half during an NBA basketball game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Toronto Raptors players and staff who underwent testing for COVID-19 earlier this week are "all currently negative" for the virus, with one result pending, the team said Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Bowmer

TORONTO  The Toronto Raptors have received a clean bill of health.

All players and staff received negative results from their COVID-19 tests, the team said in a statement on Saturday.

“Those who have been told to self-isolate will continue to do so,” the statement said. “We will all continue to practise social distancing, diligent handwashing, and we will carefully monitor our health. We remain in close contact with public health authorities and infectious disease experts.”

The Raptors underwent testing for the novel coronavirus after learning that a player on the Utah Jazz, a team they recently faced, had the virus.

They received all but one test result on Friday, and received news of the one outstanding test Saturday.

The team said the negative results wouldn’t alter their protocols, and those asked to self-isolate by Toronto Public Health would continue to do so.

The NBA suspended play Wednesday night after Utah centre Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. A second Jazz player, Donovan Mitchell, said Thursday that he has also tested positive.

Toronto played the Jazz in Salt Lake City on Monday, the team’s last game before the season was halted. Gobert and Mitchell both played in that game.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday night that the league’s hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic will likely last at least a month, or roughly what would have been the remainder of an uninterrupted regular season.

The 30-day minimum hiatus would mean no games until at least April 10.