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TAMPA — The Lightning followed the Utah Jazz to Boston and Detroit this weekend. At least two players on the Jazz have tested positive for coronavirus.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the NBA’s patient zero, having tested positive for COVID-19 just before tipoff of Wednesday’s game in Oklahoma City. Since then, Donovan Mitchell has also tested positive.
The Jazz played at the TD Garden and Little Caesars Arena the night before the Lightning did in both cities. In Boston, the TD Garden shares medical space and a change room for visitors of the NBA and NHL. In Detroit, Little Caesars Arena has a separate space for basketball and hockey teams.
Locker rooms are always deep cleaned and sanitized between teams. Even when the same team is using it from one day to the next, gear and the room is sanitized. The Lightning confirmed their spaces in both arenas had been deep cleaned and sanitized.
“We also understand that with no actual contact with an infected person, our risk levels are low," a statement from the team read in part. "As we are at no more risk than the general population and nobody in hockey operations has any symptoms, we are not subject to being tested at this time.”
The Lightning’s training staff emailed players with updates, mostly the above information, so they knew they were likely safe.
“It’s scary, though," forward Alex Killorn said.
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