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Report: Cavs to Participate in Coronavirus Antibody Study to Receive Confidential Test Results
- Updated: May 8, 2020
The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the three NBA teams that opened their training facilities on Friday after the league announced that teams in states where shelter-in-place restrictions have been eased were allowed to reopen their facilities.
The Cavaliers will also be among the NBA teams that will participate in the Mayo Clinic Coronavirus Antibody Study, an NBA and NBPA partnership.
Among teams opening today, including Portland and Cleveland, the Covid-19 testing option isn't in place. Blazers and Cavaliers are among teams planning to participate in the Mayo Clinic Coronavirus Antibody Study that'll provide confidential test results to players, sources said. https://t.co/kez7xMWrlB
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 8, 2020
The study is a “limited exception” to guidelines that prohibit the testing of asymptomatic individuals in this preliminary phase of allowing players to return to practice. It will provide confidential test results to players within two days of the clinic receiving their samples.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA will wait until it’s ensured by local authorities that there’s enough testing in place for at-risk health-care workers before teams in certain cities are allowed to conduct coronavirus tests of every player and staff member entering facilities for individual workouts, even if they are not experiencing symptoms
The 27-year-old forward has played well off the bench for the Cavaliers this season. He was averaging 10.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game before the regular season was suspended.