Seven Women's National Basketball Association players have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Monday's scheduled team arrivals at a Florida bubble, with one team delaying its arrival until at least Saturday.
Without specifying the individuals or teams involved, the league said the seven positive results were out of a total of 137 players tested over a seven-day period concluding July 5. Any player who tests positive "will remain in self-isolation until she satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician", according to a WNBA statement.
Players and staff from 11 of the 12 WNBA teams will arrive at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida today. That team's arrival is delayed out of what the league described as "an abundance of caution due to the CDC's close contact self-quarantine requirements".
The exact players who tested positive weren't released. The Fever won't hop on a flight to Bradenton for at least five days. But, as noted, the Indiana Fever will delay its travel to the Sunshine State after two players tested positive.
ESPN reported in June that the WNBA will play a shortened regular season from July-October at IMG Academy followed by a postseason that will include single-elimination games for the first and second rounds and five-game series for the semifinals and WNBA Finals.