By DOUG FEINBERG, AP News
One month into the season and the WNBA bubble seems to be working.
There have been no positive tests for coronavirus since the initial round of testing when the players arrived in Florida at IMG Academy. Seven players had tested positive for COVID-19 in the days leading up to arriving in Bradenton, but there have been none in the bubble since.
“Tremendous effort by Cathy (Engelbert) and her collaborators with the medical team,” Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. “That’s is why it’s working. You have to have people willing to participate in the protocols and the WNBA players are doing that.”
The players and staff are still tested daily, and while the results have been good for the league there have been at least two inconclusive positive tests that forced two players to miss games. Those players later tested negative keeping the COVID-19 cases at zero..
Teams are scheduled to be tested throughout the day in 30-minute windows to make sure there is social distancing and not a rush at one time. Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles say that they’ve gotten to know some of the testers.
“They are very sweet. Some are more aggressive with how far they go up your nose, some in your throat,” Bird said in a phone interview. “Some you leave thinking did they get enough?”
Testing isn’t the only precautions the league set up. Players and staff get up every morning and fill out an app on their phones after taking their temperatures. The digital thermometer automatically sends the results to the app.
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