Ottawa Senators player becomes first in NHL to test positive for coronavirus

An Ottawa Senators player became the first NHL player confirmed to test positive for COVID-19, the team announced Tuesday night. 

The Senators said the player, who remained unnamed, had mild symptoms and is in isolation. 

"The Ottawa Senators are in the process of notifying anyone who has had known close contact with the athlete and are working with our team doctors and public health officials," the team said in a statement. 

"As a result of this positive case, all members of the Ottawa Senators are requested to remain isolated, to monitor their health and seek advice from our team medical staff.

"The health of our players, fans, and community remains our highest priority. We will continue to do everything we can to help ensure our players, staff, fans and the greater community remain safe and healthy during this time of uncertainty due to the spread of the coronavirus."

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The Sens had wrapped up their California road trip, their final game in Los Angeles' Staples Center on March 11, right before the season was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. They had played in Anaheim on March 10 and San Jose on March 7. The Senators' game vs. the Sharks was the second-to-last at San Jose's SAP Center following Santa Clara County officials' recommendation for sporting events and large gatherings to be cancelled (the county eventually issued a mass gatherings ban before the season was suspended altogether). 

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