Los Angeles Lakers players were tested for the coronavirus Wednesday, one day after the Brooklyn Nets announced four players tested positive for the virus.
Brooklyn was the Lakers’ final opponent before the NBA suspended play last week.
Players arrived at the test site and never left their cars during the procedure, which involves a Q-tip being placed up a nostril to secure a culture, ESPN reported, citing sources it did not disclose.
The procedure took a matter of minutes, according to ESPN.
It was not immediately clear how many players were tested. No coaches or trainers were tested, ESPN reported.
Laker players have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The Lakers are following their coronavirus “procedures and protocol,” according to a team statement released Tuesday evening, “given the exposure risks from our game against the Nets on March 10” at Staples Center.
A team official declined to provide more details to City News Service than what was in the statement, citing patient confidentiality rules.
The Lakers established their coronavirus protocols “in consultation with various health officials, the NBA and our UCLA Health doctors,” according to the statement.
“The health and well-being of our players, staff, fans, and society in general, is of paramount importance to us, and will continue to be our focus,” the statement said. “We appreciate the support of our fans, family and friends, and wish everyone affected by this virus a speedy and healthy recovery.”
None of the Nets players to test positive were identified. Injured all-star forward Kevin Durant told the sports news website The Athletic that he was one of the players but is feeling fine.
“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” Durant told The Athletic. “We’re going to get through this.”