Sports world reacts to multiple NBA players testing positive for COVID-19 as Florida cases increase

Mar 15, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; A general view of the ticket sales and will call booths at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY NETWORK

Now that the 2019-20 NBA season is officially slated to restart on July 30 at Walt Disney World, the league is preparing accordingly.

The NBA and its teams conducted over 300 COVID-19 tests in preparation for the season resuming. The league announced on Friday that 16 of those tests came back positive.

The 5% positive rate is below the 7% nationally and the 10% the World Health Organization recommends for reopening economies.

With that said, players have been practicing social distancing since the pandemic started and the season was suspended back in March. That could lead to the 5% positive test rate being seen as high. A vast majority of those tested were not symptomatic, either. That played a role in the results.

This all comes with the state of Florida recording a single-day high number of COVID-19 cases.

Needless to say, reactions to Friday’s news from the sports world was not great. Overblown? Maybe. But it tells us a lot about the current landscape of the virus and sports attempting to resume amid the growing pandemic.