The WNBA plans to hold a shortened season in Florida – no easy feat amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In tests conducted of 137 WNBA players between June 28-July 5, seven players have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until she satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician.
Players and staff from 11 of the 12 WNBA teams will arrive at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida today. The Indiana Fever will delay their travel by at least five days in an abundance of caution due to the CDC’s close contact self-quarantine requirements.
That’s 5.1% – similar to the NBA’s first round of testing for its resumption (5.3%).
A difference between the leagues? Staff positive rate. In the NBA, it was 1.1%. In the WNBA, it’s even lower.
Howard Megdal of High Post Hoops:
I can report, via source with knowledge, number of #WNBA staff and coaches who tested positive for COVID-19 is zero. A ray of good news for sure.
— Howard Megdal (@howardmegdal) July 6, 2020
The NBA should take a lesson from the Fever’s travel schedule. Flexibility is important. As NBA commissioner Adam Silver once said, “It’s about the data and not the date.” The data dictated Indiana not travel on the originally scheduled date. So, the plan changed.
NBA teams are scheduled to travel to Disney World on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Will any of their trips be delayed?