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NBA Announces Updated COVID-19 Testing Protocols

NBA Announces Updated COVID-19 Testing Protocols

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — With the recent surge in ommicron COVID-19 cases across the country, it’s not just ordinary citizens who have to adapt.

After a number of players tested positive and missed games in the past month, the NBA has: announced Friday COVID-19 testing protocols to come into effect from January 16 to February 17.

Players recently infected with the virus will not be required to test on match days, the league said.

Asymptomatic surveillance testing is not required for a player on his day off as long as he does not enter team facilities or interact with Tier 1 personnel such as coaches, training personnel or anyone who has direct and close contact with the players.

Based on vaccination status, the NBA divided players into four categories of testing requirements: not fully vaccinated, not eligible for booster, eligible for booster, and strengthens.

Not fully vaccinated: Not much has changed. Not fully vaccinated players, even if they have no symptoms, should be tested daily. On match days, they still need a negative lab test.

Not eligible for booster: The NBA defines this as those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine less than two months ago or received the second injection of Pfizer or Moderna less than five months ago.

Those players do not need to test daily or on match days unless an antibody is not detected.

Eligible for booster: This is defined as it has been more than two months since the player received the J&J vaccine or more than five months since receiving the Pfizer or Moderna.

These players should test daily, even if they have no symptoms, and test on match days.

strengthens: Anyone who has received a third shot in the Pfizer or Moderna series or received a second shot after the J&J vaccine does not need to test daily or on game days.

The NBA’s updated COVID-19 test announcement can be viewed here.