The Nets used a commercial laboratory in suburban Kansas City to test their players and staff on Saturday, NBC NEWS reported Thursday. The tests were conducted one day after the lab made the test kits available for a fee,
The test, developed by Viracor Eurofins of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was first made available to private clients Friday, according to the company’s Twitter feed.
Viracor’s #Coronavirus #COVIDー19 SARS-CoV-2 test available to order today!— ViracorEurofins (@viracoreurofins) March 13, 2020
Results the same day (12-18 hours) from receipt of specimen.
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The decision to use Viracor was made based on advice from a team physician, NBC’s Kate Snow reported on the TODAY show. Four players, including Kevin Durant, have tested positive for the virus.
A major issue surrounding the coronavirus outbreak has been a lack of access to tests. Why is it that some prominent athletes and celebrities seem to have an easier time finding them and getting quick results? @tvkatesnow has the story. pic.twitter.com/KJ60lLqQ2v— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 19, 2020
The company says it’s capable of performing more than 1,000 tests per day and returning results the same day. Tests must be done in consultation with a physician. The company said it has been working to develop testing for the coronavirus since January.
The Nets in their statement Wednesday noted...
“We sourced the tests through a private company and paid for them ourselves because we did not want to impact access to CDC’s public resources. Using the test results, we were able to take immediate precautions and strictly isolate the players who tested positive. If we had waited for players to exhibit symptoms, they might have continued to pose a risk to their family, friends and the public.”
The Nets have been criticized, most prominently New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, for accessing tests when those in greater need cannot.
Meanwhile, Michele Roberts, executive director of the players’ union, defended teams testing their players.
“There’s nothing irresponsible — if you’ve got that information [that you’ve been exposed] — about trying to get the tests,” Roberts told ESPN on Wednesday. “The problem that more of us can’t get the tests — and I’m not apologetic about saying it — in my view, that rests at the foot of the federal government. They were responsible for making sure we were protected in that regard, and I think they failed.
“We shouldn’t be fighting about this now … but once this is done and we get through it, and we will, let’s figure out who screwed up and fix that.”
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- Nets defend coronavirus testing amid de Blasio outrage - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets defend testing players for coronavirus, cite use of private lab - ESPN
- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver responds to Bill de Blasio’s criticism on coronavirus testing for players - Kristian Winfield - New York Daily News
- Nets defend their actions and use of coronavirus testing - Greg Logan - Newsday
- No Silver Lining In NBA Pandemic, Just End The Season - Steve Lichtenstein - WFAN
- Celebrities get virus tests, raising concerns of inequality - Michael Biesecker, Michelle R. Smith and Tim Reynolds - AP
- NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio rightfully blasts Nets for getting coronavirus tests while thousands in still public go untested - Rick Laughland - Sports Illustrated
- Don’t yell at the Nets for getting coronavirus tests - Tom Ziller - Good Morning, Basketball
- Why is the NBA quickly testing for coronavirus when the public can’t? - Ricky O’Donnell - SB Nation