Another member of the Ottawa Senators has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
In a statement released by the club Saturday afternoon, the Senators confirmed a second unnamed player has the virus. Eight people of the 52 people that were on board the club’s charter through California from March 6-to-12 have now been tested and, at this point, there have been two positive results.
The Senators confirmed Tuesday night another player had tested positive and was in self-isolation at home. while more may be forthcoming depending on the outcome of testing.
Before the NHL decided to pause, the Senators made stops in San Jose on March 7, Anaheim on March 10 and Los Angeles on March 11. The Senators were scheduled to fly to Chicago to face the Blackhawks on March 13, but after sitting on the runway at LAX on March 12 the club came back to Ottawa on its Air Canada Jetz charter in the evening.
The club also had an off-day in Anaheim and many players attended a NBA game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers in a private suite.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told a Vancouver radio station Thursday that testing of players was being conducted with the co-operation of local health officials. Ottawa Public Health has made it clear that nobody who doesn’t have symptoms should be tested.
“A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent away trip that included games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles,” the club said in its statement.