First it was the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Coyotes. Now, just as sports were beginning to start up again, players on the Phoenix Rising and Grand Canyon University men’s basketball team have tested positive for COVID-19.
GCU announced that all 16 players on the team are in quarantine, and the two staff members that have tested positive will not return to the practice facilities for at least two weeks.
“The Grand Canyon University men’s basketball team has been placed in quarantine after four student-athletes and two support staff members tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving on campus,” said Bob Romantic, a GCU spokesman.
“All 16 members of the team—14 student-athletes and two student managers—are in quarantine at a designated residence hall on campus for the next two weeks. The two additional support staff members who tested positive will remain at home for two weeks, per university policy.”
GCU student-athletes began reporting to campus in the past week for voluntary individual workouts but were first placed in quarantine for 72 hours pending the results of their physical and coronavirus testing. Four men’s basketball players who were asymptomatic tested positive at the end of that 72 hours and were immediately placed in quarantine while contact tracing was conducted, he added.
“Other team members who tested negative also were placed in quarantine out of an abundance of caution and will be tested again,” Romantic said.
GCU’s weight room, sports medicine clinic and basketball offices have all been sanitized, along with the student-athletes’ dorm rooms, according to Romantic.
GCU is at 3300 W. Camelback Road in Phoenix, just outside east Glendale.
Phoenix Rising FC General Manager Bobby Dulle announced last week that four players on the team tested positive for COVID-19.
“The good news is those players are asymptomatic, they are feeling well and are under the care and guidance of our team physicians at Mayo Clinic,” Dulle said. “We have quarantined those who have tested positive and implemented our procedures for those that were in close contact.”
The Phoenix Suns announced that two players have also tested positive for COVID-19, leading the team to temporarily stop all voluntary workouts.
The Arizona Coyotes also have received one positive case in the last month. The NHL is set to return to workouts on July 10, and the NBA is set to play the remainder of the season in Orlando starting July 30.