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Avalanche players test positive for COVID-19

Sporting News — (Rudi Schuller)

The Colorado Avalanche announced Saturday that another unnamed player has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

It's the second positive test among Avalanche players, following Thursday's announcement of an initial confirmed case. Along with the two Ottawa Senators confirmed to have contracted the virus, the pair of Colorado positive tests brings the number of cases among NHL players to four.

Unlike the first player, who the Avalanche said had already recovered, no such update on the health of the second player was provided by the team on Saturday.

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"The Colorado Avalanche were advised late last night that a second player has tested positive for COVID-19," Saturday's team statement read. "The player is in self-isolation. All other Avalanche players, staff and others who might have had close contact with the player have been informed and remain isolated as per prior League direction and are monitoring their health and will be in touch with Club medical staff as necessary. No other Avalanche player or staff member has shown symptoms at this time."

Colorado finished a three-game road trip on March 9 (at Vancouver, San Jose and Los Angeles) before holding its final home game against the New York Rangers on March 11.

The NHL's season has been on indefinite pause due to the outbreak since March 12.