A second Colorado Avalanche player tested positive for COVID-19, making it the fourth known positive test among NHL players.
As in the previous three cases, the player remains unknown. They are in self-isolation and anyone who has had close contact with him recently has been notified.
A first Colorado player who tested positive stayed isolated for 14 days and fully recovered before the team announced their illness earlier this week. The team has confirmed that no other players or employees have shown symptoms so far.
The NHL, under the guidance of medical personnel, has advised against mass testing of players with no symptoms.
The league also announced on Friday that two team announcers also tested positive for COVID-19: Gord Wilson from Ottawa Senators and John Kelly from St. Louis Blues.
Two members of the Senators were the first NHL players to test positive for the virus. The team had completed a three-game road trip in San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim before the league paused on March 12.
Wilson was back on the team flight from California and has been isolated since March 18, but didn’t get his positive test until Friday.
Kelly has been quarantined for 14 years since his positive test, and now feels “strong and symptom-free” according to a team release.
Players and other employees must stay away from the team’s facilities at least until April 7th.