As the NBA continues to respond to the reality of trying to participate in the 2020-21 regular season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the league sent a memo to the teams on Wednesday night detailing plans to supplement what has been done for players and athletes. test. Referees conducted localized game day tests in all 28 NBA cities.
The memo is a copy of ESPN, and it requires each team to try to find a local test provider in the next two days; the league plans to discuss these findings with the team over the weekend, with a view to starting additional implementations sometime next week test. The purpose is to find a local polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test supplier who can conduct at least 40 tests-enough for the players of the two teams and the referee that night-which can be collected and tipped on the morning of the game Return at least an hour before.
The PCR test is more accurate than the quick test, but the processing time is longer.
Although BioReference (which can handle the two daily tests (PCR and rapid test) used by the NBA) will continue to be the league’s testing service, the purpose of finding local tests in each city is to ensure that if there is a problem with the test transmission, you can Use backup options to ensure that everyone clearly participates in the night̵
Under the current system, in order to allow players or referees to participate in the game, they need to take the PCR negative test from the day before the game, and the quick negative test from the morning of the game. So, for example, players and referees participating in the Thursday game between the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers need to have a PCR negative test on Wednesday and a quick negative test on Thursday morning.
The reason that the PCR test started the day before is because these tests require approximately 12 hours of processing time, so the results are usually available overnight. However, in cities with BioReference laboratories, these test results can be resolved more quickly.
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association conducted additional tests after agreeing to strengthen the league’s health and safety protocols on Tuesday, which included, among other things, closing rooms for guests of Chinese and African teams in road hotels, using masks, and further limiting team meeting time Contact with players. All of this was done during the season in which the NBA tried to run through the pandemic that was raging throughout the pandemic and severely disrupted the league’s schedule in the past few days.
The NBA has now postponed nine games this season, of which eight have been postponed this week alone. Three of them are scheduled for Wednesday: the Orlando Magic of the Boston Celtics; the Utah Jazz of the Washington Wizards; and the Atlanta Hawks of the Phoenix Suns.