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According to a memo obtained By The New York Times, those with low viral loads will be able to follow the new protocol, even though they may still test positive.
Players and coaches with positive or inconclusive testing will be allowed to return after six days, instead of the usual 10 days. If they are not symptomatic by then and have met the requirements for tests for infectiousness, they will be allowed to return home.
The N.B.A. and its players’ union agreed on the new rules.
To be able to leave isolation in a shorter time frame, coaches and players must test with a sufficient viral load on the fifth- and sixth days following initial positive tests.
Players and coaches can also emerge from isolation through one of the two previous methods — by isolating for 10 days and not having symptoms, or by returning two negative tests 24 hours apart.
The N.B.A.’s announcement coincided with the recommendation from the C.D.C. Monday’s announcement from the N.B.A. coincided closely with the recommendation of C.D.C.
More than 100 players entered the league’s health and safety protocols — triggered by a positive or inconclusive coronavirus test, or potential exposure — in December alone, with the Omicron variant sweeping through the league. After Thanksgiving, testing was increased for several days, which led to an increase in cases. The league will now start another round of testing after Christmas Day.
Due to the coronavirus protocols, several teams have had to compete without key players. Despite having seven players missing due to protocols, the Nets beat the Los Angeles Lakers by a score of 103-108 on Christmas. The Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo missed five games while in the protocols, but cleared just in time for his team’s Christmas game.
The Atlantic Coast Conference — one of college sports’ Power 5 leagues — also announced Monday it had added two options to shorten isolation for vaccinated people.
Source: NY Times